note: entire contents copyright 20109 by Beverly Creasey
Chris Craddock’s INDULGENCES (at New Repertory Theatre thru Feb. 6th) is a fast-paced, crisply acted, decidedly oddball theatrical indulgence. Director Kate Warner gets every nuance and naughty inference possible in this strange, all-over-the-place comedy but you may be hard pressed to find a through-line.
Yes, Benjamin Evett is wonderfully manic as a heavenly insurance broker on the make….and yes, no one gets hilariously nauseated better than Neil A. Casey. Yes, Joel Colodner is immensely amusing as a thwarted king…and yes, Ed Hoopman and Tony Larkin are the bee’s knees as Shakespearean lovers dodging the deadly court intrigue of Leigh Barrett and Steven Barkhimer. They’re all skilled comedians BUT, you may ask, to what end is all this falderal?
ACT I is so perplexing that it undercuts any humor afoot but ACT II makes more sense and generates more laughter ---and Craddock delivers a clever ending, or should I say ‘four’ endings which are pretty darned funny. Molly Trainer’s costumes are delicious, especially for the 16th Century folk. (Kudos for Leigh Barrett’s make-up, which is spot-on, as it were.) Karen Perlow’s flash lighting and David Remedios’ quirky sound design make the show pop all over Peter Calao’s mock classical set.