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"Alone Together"

Reviewed by Tony Annicone

The current show at the Granite Theatre is "Alone Together" by Lawrence Roman. The show is about a middle aged couple George and Helene Butler in LA whose children have finally left the nest. As the show opens their last son is headed to college in Washington. They are alone together, but not for long. All three sons come charging back home after experiencing some hard knocks in the real world, and Mom and Dad have quite a time pushing them out again. The parents, who had been looking forward to solitary togetherness after 30 years of child rearing try to push their three sons out of the nest for good. They succeed after Dad delivers a lecture that finally sinks into their heads at last. Both mom and dad blame their children's regression to childhood behavior on Dr. Spock and the permissive excesses of that "dumb time". Director Jude Pescatello picks the best six people for these roles and infuses his cast with high energy from start to finish winning them a standing ovation at the close of the show.

David Jepson built a lovely two story set with eight doors. Jude blocks the show beautifully, having his cast use every inch of the stage. He also gives his cast excellent characterizations so the audience can tell who is who. Jude is aided in his task by stage manager, Ann Gestrich who keeps things running smoothly all night long while Brain Olsen handles the lights and sound cues. Jude supplies his cast with clever bits of business to keep the audience laughing all night long. Frank Pendola and Nancy Young have wonderful chemistry together as the long suffering parents. Nancy makes her debut at the Granite but has been acting since she was six years old. Her acting is superb as Helene. She delves into the character, showing the many layers of this woman who wants to become an artist and make love to her husband at long last. Nancy handles the transitions from scene to scene wonderfully and her meltdown scene is stunning as she whacks her husband with a for sale sign that kept the audience in stitches. Her drinking scene and the scene with the air-head girl are wonderful, too. An outstanding debut for this topnotch actress. Frank delivers the goods as George with his many funny lines but it is his ergo speech near the close of the show that will leave you breathless at its impact on their son. The three wild and wacky sons are played by Nicholas Mikkelsen, John Pescatello and Russell Royality-Lindman. Nicholas' character, Michael is a mathematician who is a professor at MIT. He is hilarious as this egghead and his funniest scene are when he does kung fu scaring his father and when he explains why he shouldn't leave the house using mathematical terminology. John is a hoot as the womanizing, Elliot who chases after Janie and has left his wife. Russell garners laughs when he takes the sandwiches from his mother at the start of the show and when he returns with a box of candy, traveling 500 miles to return to see his dentist. Rounding out the cast is Audrie MacKenzie as Janie, the sexy, scantily clad houseguest. So for a terrific well written comedy, be sure to catch "Alone Together". Tell them Tony sent you.

"Alone Together" (20 May - 12 June)
Granite THEATRE
@ 1 Granite Street, WESTERLY RI
1(401)596-2341

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