Theatre Mirror Reviews - "Nobody's Perfect"

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"Nobody's Perfect"

Reviewed by Tony Annicone

Mill River Players' current show is the British comedy, "Nobody's Perfect" written by Simon Williams. Love Is All Around is a feminist publishing house where Harriet Copeland is running a competition to find new romantic fiction; their motto is 'For Women By Women'. To avoid this gender bias, Leonard Loftus, a staid statistician, is forced to submit his novel under a female pseudonym. So when Myrtle Banbury wins the first prize, Leonard begins to have a major problem. With complications from his wayward teenage daughter Dee Dee and Gus, his rascally old father, Leonard tries frantically to keep up the charade of Myrtle. His problems are made worse when he hopelessly falls in love with Harriet. He is a worried man in the guise of a carefree woman. What will happen if Harriet finds out about Myrtle? In the tradition of "Some Like It Hot", "Tootsie" and Mrs. Doubtfire", this crazy madcap show will provide you with many laughs along its merry way. Director Chuck PetitBon casts this show with talented performers with excellent British accents for a fun filled evening complete with a delicious before show dinner.

Returning to the stage after a long hiatus, Larry Cagle tackles the roles of Leonard Loftus and Myrtle Banbury and does a splendid job in both. The dialogue flow effortlessly whether he is the shy statistician or the Dame Edna look alike Myrtle. Larry is a terrific actor and he sells his one liners perfectly. Congratulations to Larry and his wife, Jen on their impending birth of their first baby in October. Lee Rush plays the feminist editor, Harriet. She does an excellent job as the befuddled woman who has conversations with Leonard as himself and Myrtle. Her reactions are priceless and she brings her comedic talents to the forefront in this role. Eric Kahn plays Gus, the forgetful father who is also a dirty old man. His reaction to seeing Leonard dressed up as Myrtle is hilarious and his plotting with his granddaughter to get money from his son is funny, too. Danielle Cameron, a student at Dean College, plays Dee Dee, the cigarette smoking, constantly in a bad mood daughter who always wears black and constantly busts her father's chops. She is a beautiful blonde who does a great job in this role. Stage manager Cherry Cartier keeps things running smoothly and makes an appearance in the play as a suspicious neighbor who overhears Myrtle on the phone. Kudos to Chuck and his cast and crew on this wonderful show. Also a word of praise for Chuck's preparation of the sumptuous before show dinner. The meal consists of all you can eat chicken vegetable soup, rolls and butter, carrots and string beans, oven roasted white and sweet potatoes with Italian seasonings and an apple turnover with caramel sauce. There are various entrees and for this show I had the melt in your mouth stuffed fish. So for a fun filled evening of dinnertainment, be sure to catch "Nobody's Perfect" at Mill River Players.

"Nobody's Perfect" (21 July - 26 August)
MILL RIVER PLAYERS
499 High Street, CENTRAL FALLS RI
1 (401) 721-0909

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