Note: Entire Contents Copyright 2016 by Kevin Thomas
Cashman’s first attempt to find that perfect one night stand involves the wild Elaine Navazio, played to comedic perfection by Gerrianne Genga. Genga plays Navazio with sharp timing, quick wit and the big persona of a Real Housewife of New Jersey. In a Leopard Print Dress and tight, high pony tail Genga commands the stage every minute she is on it, one that intimidates the nervous and awkward Barney Cashman. This entire act had the audience rolling with some of the most boisterous laughter I have ever experienced in the theater, and the play was just getting started. Bagleys second attempt at romance involves Bobbi Mitchell, played with tremendous energy by Katherine Coolidge. Bobbi Mitchell is the true child of the 60’s in this work, a naive and free spirited hipped actress with a bit of an anxiety problem. Coolidge does a great job handling Bobbi’s emotional rollercoaster of a scene, with a dynamic physicality handled with ease. Bagley’s is a hoot in the final moments of the scene, after trying a puff of Bobbi’s “herbal remedy” for anxiety sends him reeling!
The Last encounter for the lowly Barney Cashman involves Jeanette Fisher, played by Playhouse Veteran Sandra Nicastro. The Role of Fisher is a difficult one for any actress, written to be very one dimensional. However, Nicastro plays the character with depth, range and heart. The heart Nicastro brings to the character really helps solidify the emotional heart to the play, in what is quite an introspective final act. “Last of the Red Hot Lovers” at the Newport Playhouse is a comedy that is not to be missed, running till November 20th. Whatever your vice is to deal with the stress and anxiety of the tumultuous world we live in I can promise you “Last of the Red Hot Lovers” delivers the most powerful one of all-laughter.