Theatre Mirror Reviews - "Love, Sex & The IRS"

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"Love, Sex & The IRS"

Reviewed by Tony Annicone

Community Players 317th production of their 85th season is the wild farce. "Love, Sex & the IRS" which contains twists of fate and mistaken identities. Jon Trachtman and Leslie Arthur are out of work musicians who room together in New York to save money. Jon has been filing tax returns listing them as a married couple. The day of reckoning comes when the IRS informs the ''couple'' that they will be investigated by a Floyd Spinner. Leslie masquerades as a housewife, aided by Kate, Jon's fiancee. To make matters worse Leslie and Kate have been having a fling behind Jon's back. Jon's mother drops in unexpectedly from Chicago to meet her son's fiancee while Leslie's girlfriend, Connie shows up demanding to know why Leslie won't see her anymore. Throw in a busybody, beer swilling female landlord and a surprise guest at the end of the show and you have the ingredients for the show.

Andrew Bobola directs this crazy show filled with many great one liners and with a NY apartment set by Victor Turenne and some wild and crazy costumes by Pam Jackson. Steve Michelsson is perfect as Leslie. He captures the essence of this wild character with ease whether he is the nervous male roommate or the disguised female Leslie. He wears a blonde wig, ugly dress and red high heels. Steve steals every scene he is in and wins many laughs while doing so. Bravo. Robin Stone plays Jon who tries to keep his mother, Floyd and the landlord from finding out what is happening. Bonnie Griffin plays Kate who takes charge of things when the events spin out of control. Veteran actor Lee Hakeem is the clueless IRS man who has a yen for pretty Kate, chases her around the room and gets smacked in the head with a scotch bottle. One of the other scene stealers in this show is Janette Gregorian. She makes Vivian Trachtman a hoot whether she is slapping Floyd in the face, throwing the spoon at Kate in the kitchen or passing out from drinking too much. Janette's expertise shines through in this role. Connie is played by Amy Silva who is afraid she is going to put into a sanitarium. The constantly drinking landlord is played by Kathy Irons and Wendell Goodrum plays drugged and spaced out Arnold at the close of the show. So for a look at an all American farce, be sure to see "Love, Sex & the IRS.

"Love, Sex & The IRS" (16 - 25 June)
COMMUNITY PLAYERS
Jenks Jr High Auditorium, Division Street, PAWTUCKET R I
1 (401)726-6860

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