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Bermuda Avenue Triangle

a Comedy
CATEGORY : COMEDY DRAMA
by Renee Taylor and Joseph Bologna

COMPANY : Kudzu Playhouse [WEBSITE]
VENUE : Kudzu Playhouse [WEBSITE]
ID# 2456

SHOWING : August 31, 2007 - September 29, 2007

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PRODUCTION DESCRIPTION

This outrageous comedy concerns the adventures of a Jewish widow and an Irish widow whose successful daughters move them to Las Vegas, where they share a retirement village condo. On an excursion, they are saved from a mugger by a charming if not quite sober gambler who is short on cash. They allow him to curl up on the living room floor and he manages to sweet-talk his way in both ladies' beds. Each situation is rife with outrageous excessive comedy.

Showing at the new Kudzu Playhouse on Friday and Saturday evenings, as well as on Sunday afternoons.


CAST & CREW LIST
Director Greg Fitzgerald
Stage Manager Anna Pages
Johnny George Crolius
Rita ERIN GREER
Angela Katy Harlow
Rabbi Levine Paul Komorner
Fannie Linda Niles
Tess Gloria Szokoly
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REVIEWS

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A show well worth seeing
by Rifty
Wednesday, September 5, 2007
4.5
Bermuda Avenue Triangle is the story of Tess and Fannie, two widowers who are brought to Las Vegas by their respective daughters, in hopes that their disposition will improve.

During the course of their stay, they meet a man named Johnny, a rogue and a scalliwag (to use a rather archaic term) who manages to seduce both women, for his own, possibly nefarious purposes, each without the knowledge of the other.

This was quite an entertaining show. I had never heard of it before a few weeks ago, and I didn't know if I would like it. But I went to go see it because a couple of my friends are involved with the production, and am I ever glad that I did.

The play is entertaining, and more importantly, it's funny. But it's not a kind of Neil Simon Sarcastic Boy-That-Count-Yousekevich-Is-A-Funny-Guy kind of funny. The humor here is based on shock value. Make no mistake, this is a sex comedy first and foremost, but with the added twist that the participants (the characters, anyway) are over 65.

And so, you have these older people on stage, saying things like "I want to grab your ass and eat it for dessert," and you're shocked, but you don't notice it because you're laughing at the sheer outrageousness of the line.

Probably the only problems I had with the show were that 1, the scene changes did go on a little too long. However, in conversation with the director afterwards, he said that it wasn't so much the scene changes as it was the costume changes. The performers had full costume changes to make in a short amount of time, so it can be forgiven. Another thing to consider on this score, is that it's a community theatre, and as such, the actors, for the most part, also serve as the scene changers. With such a small cast, a complicated scene change will take a while, and so I didn't let it affect my enjoyment of the show.

The second problem I had with the show was that Paul Komorner as Rabbi Levine, while pretty fairly funny, was also very hard to understand at times. The accent he chose to use for the role was extremely thick, and while it was a good accent, it made it hard to understand what he was saying, so I missed some of those jokes.

The performances, however, are all phenomenal, each bringing their own little quirks to the show, and so I highly recommend everyone to go see this show. Very funny, very entertaining. You'll definitely enjoy it. [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]
A Cross between GOLDEN GIRLS & Last Tango In Paris
by Jay Sherman
Wednesday, September 5, 2007
3.0
I think it is fair that I judge the show as I saw it, but issue a disclaimer. The folks at Kudzu have evidently been struggling to get their new digs open. Therefore the show opened with a whirl, and somethings were left undone until this upcoming weekend. Fixing some of these issues I am bout to go into, would easily make this show a 4. Alas, when I saw it that was not the case. First let me point out that every actor did at least a decent job. Considering what they may have been up against getting the show up, that says a bunch. The stand outs were Linda Niles & Gloria Szokoly as the two old women forced by their daughters to move to a retirement condo in Las Vegas. They had great comic timing and very well developed and believable characters. They missed having some variations in their characters which is more of a directing issue, or maybe alas the time crunch. The one actor who had various comic levels (bordering on genius) was Paul Komorner as Rabbi Levine. Every time he hit the stage the audience perked up. George Crolius as Johnny was very believable, but I would have loved to see more build to his character. Many of his stories drifted into another, sounding the same. Variety Man! Energy! but all in all a solid job. The two "daughters" did a nice job. Their roles were more the "Exposition setters". Katy Harlow was fun to watch and had very high energy. Erin Greer was probably the weakest actor. Again, all were decent so it is not a bad thing. I didn't see much characterization, and many of her lines seemed forced. Again, much of this might have been because of the cast & Crew playing beat the clock. The director, Greg Fitzgerald gives a nice Rookie outing. The biggest flaw is that he needs to ne able to give comedic build to each scene. That and the long scene changes. I am sure the scene changes will get quicker as the actors adapt to their new space.
And for the record, a 3 to me is a solid C. That is not a bad thing at all. The show can only keep growing and I recommend you give it a try. [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]


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