Theatre Mirror Reviews - "Suitehearts"

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"Suitehearts"

Reviewed by Tony Annicone

Mill River Dinner Theater's current show is the crazy comedy, "Suitehearts". A young couple from Pennsylvania checks into a New York hotel to fill their weekend with wedded bliss only to have it filled with strangers. Timothy and his wife, Elizabeth, are inadvertently booked in the same honeymoon suite as Frankie and Wanda, an older couple from New Jersey. After a hilarious scuffle over the accommodations, no one is where or with whom they should be. During the course of this zany evening Timothy grows into a man, Elizabeth realizes she must trust Tim, Frankie makes an attempt to respect women, Wanda learns to respect herself and the bellhop gets what he deserves. Chuck PetitBon keeps the action fast paced and his 5 performers do a wonderful job in their madcap roles.

Paul Kenney and Lee Rush are hoots as Frankie and Wanda Bellamy. He wears an Elvis style wig, uses a tough Jersey accent, wears red satin pajamas and beats everyone up in his path while she wears a huge red wig, Victoria secret style clothes and use a Jersey accent, too. They deliver their one liners with ease and keep the audience in stitches all night long. Ed Cooney and Jennifer Robilard play the young newlyweds, Tim and Elizabeth Taylor. A running gag is based on the famous actress' name with his overbearing mother constantly calling all night long. They handle the nervousness and timid behavior beautifully and their transition to grownups works very well, too. His nerdy jacket and cotton in his nose for the nose bleeds on the 15th floor and her frumpy robe are funny. The drunk scene between Paul & Jen is hilarious and Ed's wearing of a dress is a hoot after he falls out the window. Some funny antics take place and they are performed wonderfully. Alex Aponte, a real life detective, plays the shady bellman who constantly keeps ripping off Tim with ten dollar tips. He also tries to pass off a leftover breakfast on the newlywed. A funny prop is Tim's Sex Manual which contains 1000 different positions. The costumes by Marcia PetitBon are perfect and the delicious dinner by Chuck starts the evening off with a bang. The all you can eat chicken soup, rolls and butter, green beans and the oven roasted sweet and red bliss potatoes melt in your mouth as does the chicken cordon bleu and the apple turnover in vanilla creme sauce. So for a wonderful evening of dinnertainment be sure to catch "Suitehearts" a lively and well done comedy at Mill River Dinner Theater.

"Suitehearts" (1 - 24 April)
MILL RIVER DINNER THEATRE
499 High Street, CENTRAL FALLS RI
1 (401) 721-0909

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