Stick your fingers in your ears for one minute, because I’m getting ready to squeal and tell you how much fun it is to shake up your schedule and do something artsy and different.
Case in point . . .
Theatre 98‘s new production of Neil Simon’s play, Plaza Suite is the perfect antidote to an otherwise boring, mundane, repetitive evening at home watching political debates. (actually, I’m loving the fireworks in the debates, so let’s choose another example of drudgery – washing dishes).
No matter where you live, there’s bound to be a local theatre, and here in Fairhope, we hit the mother-lode of talent with the group at Theatre 98. Plaza Suite was no exception and gave the preview crowd a sneak-peek of what is coming to our lucky community for the next three weekends.
As often happens in small towns, I did a double take, because there on stage, was a friend I’ve known only as a Mom I commiserated with on hellish middle school field trips. Shelli Saleeb was suddenly transformed into a comedic vixen right before my eyes. The magic of the stage took over and she expertly delivered her lines, along with her first-act stage partner, Rick Drummond, in a memorable and troubling story. Rick played the philandering husband so well, if I see him in the Piggly Wiggly next week, I’ll give him a kick in the shin.
Act two was my favorite scene, just because the writing by Neil Simon was so clever and the actress, Rachael Wetzel, played the role in such a perfect, charming way. She and Peter Goens had the crowd roaring with laughter.
Â I didn’t get a good photo of Â her entire ensemble, but Rachael’s costume was stunning (actually, all the costumes were beautiful). The 60’s style turquoise sheath dress was complimented with a matching swing coat, both handmade by excellent costumers with the troupe. You can see the matching handbag on the sofa behind the actors. C-U-T-E!
The final third act was a fast paced comedic romp between the hilarious and expert actors Chris Francendese and Bob McDonald. What do you do when your daughter locks herself in the bathroom of the Plaza Hotel moments before her wedding? I’d call these two to help. Or maybe not . . .
If you are in the Fairhope or Mobile area, get yourself over to Theatre 98 for a fabulous evening. You’ll be so glad to get away from the hum-drum house and into the fast paced drama at the Plaza Hotel. And if you’re one of my far-away readers, I’m sure there’s a local theatre saving a seat just for you!
February 19-21, 26-28, March 4-6. Show times are 8pm every Friday and Saturday evenings and 2:30pm on Sundays.
The directors for each act are:Â
One: Brenda Hedstrom
Two: Heather Delker
Three: Robin Ann Page