Theatre Mirror Reviews - "The Star Spangled Girl"

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"The Star Spangled Girl"

Reviewed by Tony Annicone

The current show of Little Theatre of Fall River is Neil Simon's "Star Spangled Girl". Written in the mid 1960's, this comedy shows 2 young men writing a newspaper about the wrong's of LBJ's society and their beautiful neighbor who is a true blue patriot. The play is set in San Francisco and concerns three characters:Andy, Norman and Sophie. The story is a love triangle, mixed with politics. Andy and Norman are radicals who barely make a living working on their magazine, "Fallout" which is dedicated to fighting "the system" in America. Sophie, a former Olympic swimmer, is an all-American, Southern girl who moves into the apartment next door. it's love at first sight or as the play has it, first smell from Norman, but his feelings aren't reciprocated. Norman's obsession with Sophie makes Andy hire her just to keep the magazine going. Then Sophie falls for Andy, though they are at odds politically, threatening to destroy the magazine and the men's friendship. Happily this situation is resolved, as love and politics blend delightfully in a bubbling series of funny happenings, set forth with the skill and inventiveness of Neil Simon. Director David Faria chooses three strong to performers to carry it off to a successful conclusion.

David gives the cast the energy to carry off this show with the second act funnier than the first. Sarah Nicklin, a beautiful brunette, sparkles in the title role of Sophie. She masters a wonderful southern accent and delivers her comic lines deftly. Sarah handles her romantic moments with true finesse and one of her funniest bits is when she twists Andy's arm and throws him on the table as well as when she reads the definitions of words from a dictionary for Norman. She has many funny lines including her angry tirade at both Andy and Norman also complaining about the Italian song he sang while playing his ukulele and she quotes the paper "Is LBJ on LSD.". I last reviewed her as May in "Postmortem". William Sandler plays the craziest character of lovesick, nerdy, Norman who spies on Sophie through a telescope and paints a love letter to her on the stairway. His lunch consisted of a sardine on a frozen waffle in the opening scene. His crazy antics include trying to kiss her in the closet which has to be seen to be believed. William has nice timing and facial expressions as this lovesick character. The third member of the cast is Steven Camara who plays Andy the editor of the paper. He is topnotch in this role and has some humorous phone conversations where he uses different voices pretending to be different people when tries to placate an amorous landlady and a printer they owe money to. The scene where he sits on a whoopie cushion is a hoot when he tries to gross out Sophie. Steven also is funny in a scene when he pays Sophie $72 in pennies, says she is American like turkey and chicken chow mein. Steven has great chemistry with Sarah in the love scenes and with Will in the fighting scene where they hurt each other with boxing and karate. So for a look at a Neil Simon comedy, catch "Star Spangled Girl" in Fall River.

"Star-Spangled Girl" (19 - 29 August)
LITTLE THEATRE OF FALL RIVER
@ The Fire Barn, 340 Prospect Street, FALL RIVER MA
1(508)675-1852

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