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"Spreading It Around"

Reviewed by Tony Annicone

The current show of Walpole Footlighter's 88th season is "Spreading It Around", a new comedy by London D'Arrigo. This light hearted comedy is about Angela Drayton, a wealthy widow living in a retirement community in Florida. When she grows tired of footing the bills and handing out money to her unappreciative children, she and some of the other residents start the S.I.N. (Spending It Now) Foundation, an organization that gives to those in need. Fearing they will lose their inheritance, her greedy son and his shopaholic wife show up to have her committed for being financially incompetent. Turning the tables, Angela shows them just how competent she is, then shows them the door. The show has a surprise twist at the end that will leave you in gales of laughter. Peter McElhinney directs the show excellently, infusing his talented cast with a high energy to pull off this madcap comedy.

Peter gives his cast a lot of shtick to do in these roles to keep the audience entertained all night long. He elicits fantastic performances from his cast. Peter also designed a gorgeous set, living room with an outdoor patio while Kate Smith creates some funny costumes for the cast. Barbara Schapiro is fantastic as Angela. She worries about her recently widowed neighbor, Martin and decides to help him get over his wife, Peg's death. She feels that they should donate money to people in need. Barbara makes Angela, an endearing character that the audience comes to care about. Some of her funniest moments come with some of her lines including "Money is like manure, you have to be spreading it around." "Seniors doing while they can" And a blog sounds painful". Barbara infuses Angie with the strength and humor needed to carry this show off. Brava! Stuart Patterson is marvelous as Martin, the cantankerous, curmudgeon. He has many funny lines as Martin who complains about the old women in the community putting the moves on him. They make him dinners with the worst one being made by Vivian Hancock, meatloaf and he exclaims, "I think that's what killed her husband". He says what do want me to do light a firecracker up my ass. One of his funny lines is "I want to come back as a dog so I can pee on his leg." He also has WD 40 as a comic prop. Stuart's one liners hit pay dirt with the laughing audience members and is a hoot in this show.

"Spreading It Around" (4 - 20 May)
WALPOLE FOOTLIGHTERS
@ 2 Scout Road, WALPOLE MA
1(401)762-4545

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