The current show at the Newport Playhouse is "Getting Sara Married" by Sam Bobrick. Sara is a successful, young New York lawyer living happily alone on the Upper East Side, who has no interest in marriage. She deals with enough men in her work, even though most of them are the criminals she represents. However Sara's well meaning but kooky Aunt Martha is determined to get her married by hook or by crook. She has one of her employee's, Noogie bring her financial advisor, Brandon, who has been knocked unconscious to Sara's apartment. After he arrives there is when the merriment and crazy happenings begin. Will Brandon fall in love with Sara even though he is engaged to another girl. Will Aunt Martha's wacky and wild machinations come to a happy ending? Sandy Cerel takes this comic script and infuses it with high energy and clever shtick to keep the audience entertained all night long. The beautiful and functional unit set with its three playing areas was built by Fred Davison. Stage manager Mario Sasso keeps things running smoothly all night long.
Playing the huge role of Sara is pretty blonde, Olivia Sahlin. She delights the audience with her portrayal of this gal who pretends to be more interested in her job but when this surprise from her aunt is delivered to her apartment, she must reconsider her priorities. Olivia has a terrific monologue about how ghastly she thinks marriage really is which she delivers with a joie-de-vivre which won her much applause. Jeff Blanchette commands the stage in his debut performance at the Newport Playhouse. He makes Brandon who is bewildered from being conked on the head several times and can't remember who he is, into a man the audience roots for to find out who is really the girl of his dreams. His confusion and thinking he is at first a dentist, then an insurance man, then real estate and finally remembering he is a financial advisor. His explanation has to be seen to be believed as does his description of his apartment after marriage and what a travesty it will be. His allergic reactions to the food he eats are also laugh out loud moments. Many funny moments from both leads. Olivia and Jeff have terrific chemistry with each other in these roles.
Meredith Imbimbo, a lovely brunette, plays Brandon's fiancee. She is wonderful as the long suffering girlfriend who wonders what is going to happen to her beau now that he is at Sara's apartment? Meredith completes this triangle beautifully. Her slow burns and aggravation are beautiful to behold. One of the biggest scene stealers is Cindy Killavey as the daffy Aunt Martha. She has many one liners which win her much laughter. Cindy's costumes and antics are priceless as Martha at first lifts weights with an exercise shirt that says "Team Bride" on it, then a ballet outfit and then yoga togs. Philip Clarke is also hilarious as the thug henchman who continually knocks Brandon out for Martha and his delivery of him on a hand truck to Sara's apartment is priceless. His comic line delivery is splendid and in one scene gets his comeuppance. Jonathan Perry II rounds out the cast as the chiropractor who massages Aunt Martha. So for a fun filled comedy with an all you can eat buffet before the show and an uplifting Christmas cabaret to get you into the spirit of the holidays, be sure to catch "Getting Sara Married" at the Newport Playhouse.