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caught on the hop

a Farce
CATEGORY : COMEDY
by Derek Benfield

COMPANY : Kudzu Playhouse [WEBSITE]
VENUE : Kudzu Playhouse [WEBSITE]
ID# 3395

SHOWING : May 22, 2009 - June 21, 2009

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PRODUCTION DESCRIPTION

When impressionable Phil announces to his good friend George that he has fallen for a girl on the top of the #49 bus,George is not surprised,such affairs have happened and blown over many times before.But he is surprised when he learns that Phil intends to divorce his wife, Maggie, and go live with his new girlfriend in the house next door! However, friends being friends, the obliging George is persuaded to lend a helping hand, thus setting in motion the most frenetic confusion of mistaken identities, plotting and counterplotting that ever erupted on a quiet summer's day in the suburbs.


CAST & CREW LIST
Director Lane Teilhaber
stage manager Kelly Elizabeth Grady
Maggie Dana Barrett
Phil J. Michael Carroll
Mr. Brasset George Crolius
Julie Jessica Dienna
George Greg Fitzgerald
Alan Dan Ingraham
Greta Rochelle Markert
Mrs. Puffet Christine Penguino
lights and sound David Shelton
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REVIEWS

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Deliciously Funny
by St. Genesius
Saturday, June 20, 2009
4.5
This production was sealed nicely together with not many loose ends - kudos to the director and cast. The script was so witty, but as Americans it can be challenging to bring Bristish humor to life - it needed perfect timing and annunication which this cast gave it life. Michael Carroll, Phil, was so dedicated to playing straight off his cast members. He was amazingly natural and did a superb job. His best friend, scape-goat, Phil, played by Greg Fitzgerald, also shared in a natural presence with great one liners and physical action. I was uncomfortable by alot of Maggie's, Dana Barrett, inquisitive facial expressions. It was only until her discovery of Phil's girlfriend that I really felt she settled into Maggie's essence. Julie and Rochelle, Jessica and Greta, are great new young talent.. I think they were marvelous but could be shouted at a bit by a stage manager for not wearing any make-up and looking as pale as a psychiatric wall and hair in face issues. I missed a whole scene w. Greta on the couch because her hair was completely covering her face - also that dress - too current day teen section and could easily add an inch or 2 and not be fiddling with it the entire time. Mr. Brasset was a doll - just want to yell Fire at him. And Christine, Mrs. Puffett, very cute - how do you do that accent - slight overacting at times.

Overall, it was a lovely British production. Well worth going to and recommending for others to see. Keep up the well polished productions Kudzu! [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]
Never a Dull Moment
by JKDramaphile
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
5.0
"Caught on a Hop" was a hilarious romp, which, though thoroughly implausible, was totally believable as acted by the fine cast. Earnest philandering Phil and helpful yet frustrated George have dynamic bro-mantic interaction. Maggie is played as a sensible and layered woman that you want to root for, even against the wide-eyed, enthusiastic Julie (who becomes understandably shrill as her fairytale begins to unravel). Mrs. Puffet is a laugh riot as the opinionated housekeeper, and is played with a deliberate physicality that ratchets up the humor even further. Mr. Brasset, the newly minted firefighter, brings the straight-man funny accented by priceless facial expressions.
The low point was when Greta inadvertantly(?) flashed the audience with her undies. Though some may consider that a highlight.
Overall, awesome. Everyone had great stage presence and handled the accent well. Would make a great date night/afternoon - go see it - it's still running! [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]
Brittish Farce at it's Farciest!
by JerryFan
Sunday, May 24, 2009
5.0
Great acting. Terrefic timing. Highly entertaining. Hilariously funny.

George & Phil's friendship is a joy to watch. Julie's dumb blond is absolute perfection. Maggie is played with such depth she completely captivates. Mr. Brasset is spot on. Greta is deliscious (love the dress). Mrs. Puffet steals the show! Lights & sound deliver every time. Can only imagine the possible chaos back stage without great organization, so good job to Ms. Grady. Congratulations, Mr. Teilhaber, cast and crew.

A must-see! Don't miss this one. [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]
Hilarious, believable characters
by SandyM147
Saturday, May 23, 2009
5.0
We thoroughly enjoyed Caught on the Hop at Kudzu Playhouse this weekend! The characters were believable, the accents authentic, the fun nonstop. Some fine acting; down to furtive glances, tiny shrugs, and very expressive eyebrows. I laughed until I cried. Had trouble catching my breath between the expertly delivered lines. Will definitely go back to see it again. Great casting, fun set, period music and costuming. The general sense of the confusion resolved nicely and we left shaking our heads in wonder. The details were all there. Even the curtain call was entertaining! A great show. [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]


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