In their production of "The Odd Couple," female version,
Laughs rolled from an appreciative audience during a preview performance Monday night at the
I pretty much adore everything Kruzek does. She directed the season opener, "The Sound of Music," and will co-direct the season closer, "Damn Yankees." Last season she played a journalist striving to be relevant after 9/11.
Starring in this show, Kruzek treats us to her impeccable portrayal of lovable slob
"I leave a mess when I read a book," she says explaining the extent of her slobbyness.
"Some of my favorite fingerprints are on that telephone."
"Fighting, I win; pouting, you win."
It's one great line after another, and Kruzek delivers them all to maximum effect.
Playing counterpoint is
She is one of four actors making their debuts with Stage Crafters. The others are
All are well cast and excellent. I particularly enjoyed Hall as the naÏve Vera maybe because she gets picked on by the other characters, especially the impatient, sharp-tongued Sylvie, played by
When Olive leaves Florence alone with the brothers to fend for herself , what happens might surprise you but it will definitely make you laugh.
The show is set in the mid-1980s, and great attention to detail is evident in the costumes, hairstyles, set dressing and props. Barnes doubled up as costumer along with
The ladies gather weekly at Olive's place to play Trivial Pursuit, a hugely popular '80s game that threads throughout the play. And while it isn't a musical, iconic music shows up in some key scenes and also sets the mood before curtain time and during intermission.
Don't forget to check out the displays in the lobby, too. You'll see lots of things that bring back fond memories if you were around in the '80s.
The show opens Friday night and runs Saturday night and Sunday afternoon. It continues
Two special notes:
Stage Crafters originally planned to close this season with a production of "Guys and Dolls." Because a professional touring company of that show is scheduled to come to the area, the rights are restricted and Stage Crafters will not be able to do it.
Instead, as I alluded to earlier, they will cap the season with the musical "Damn Yankees" co-directed by Kruzek and Goodrum. The new dates are
Also, the program includes an in memoriam to
He had an exuberant presence on stage and off and an infectious laugh. In what might have been his last role for Stage Crafters, he played
My condolences to his family and friends. He will be missed.
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