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"The Affections of May"

Theater review by Cindy Sue

“The Affections of May” by Norm Foster is currently playing in Westerly, RI. The Renaissance City Theatre Company, the producing entity at Granite Theatre, brings this charming play to life under the capable direction of Brian Olsen.

The visually appealing set designed by David Jepson and built by Brian Robelewski, Mel Jolly, and David & Beth Jepson decorated with the black and white cow over the back door; the wooden chairs; matching tablecloths and old fashion radio immediately let you know you are in a quaint B & B in small town America.

The story revolves around what happens to May Henning when husband Brian decides he misses the big city (in more ways than one) and abruptly departs leaving May to run their Bed & Breakfast alone. Word travels fast in a place like Grogan’s Cove and May is shortly visited by down on his luck handyman Quinn and banker Hank Beavis. Quinn is looking for a place to stay after his trailer blew up and Hank wants a date for the Halloween dance. The play follows the story of who will capture the affections of May as she fends for herself and learns who she is and what she wants in the process.

Lori Olsen makes her acting debut as May Henning. She successfully takes on the challenges of the role and has a nice sense of comic timing. Company regular Frank Pendola plays her scoundrel of a husband Brian and successfully convinces the audience to dislike him in the role. Bob Mignarri is banker and “Momma’s boy” Hank Beavis. He does a nice job and looks very good in fur. I especially liked his ardor and profession of passion after taking May home from the dance. David LaRocque, no stranger to the Granite stage, plays the likeable Quinn with easy grace. The scrabble game between Quinn and Lori was a real audience pleaser.

A tip of the hat to stage manager/props Greg Bliven and Light/Sound execution by Brian Olsen. Set changes were carried off flawlessly. May’s costume for the Halloween dance was crafted by Judy George and is a visual treat.

So for an enjoyable evening with the folks from Grogan’s Cove get down to the Granite Theatre in Westerly, RI to see “The Affections of May” before it closes on May 6th.

The theatre is handicapped accessible and drinks (which are allowed in the theater) are sold in the lobby. We found plentiful on street parking the evening we visited and enjoyed a leisurely stroll through the beautiful park before the show as well.

Box Office 401-593-2341

"The Affections of May" (13 April - 6 May)
@ 1 Granite Street, WESTERLY RI

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