Theatre Mirror Review>"Weekend Comedy"

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"Weekend Comedy"

Reviewed by Tony Annicone

Attleboro Community Theatre's current show is "Weekend Comedy" by Sam and Jeanne Bobrick. A couple in their early fifties and a couple in their mid-twenties have accidentally rented the same cozy cottage in the Catskills for Memorial day weekend. The older couple are Frank and Peggy Jackson, a hard-working couple who have been married for twenty three years. The second couple, Tony and Jill, a model have been living together for three years. The two couples decide to share the cabin for the weekend and what follows is a comic clash between the two generations. Director Jo-Ann Vaughan casts the show beautifully and elicits comic moments in their contrasting views on the world and in their misunderstandings and arguments. She comes up with a winning formula for the merry mayhem that ensues all night long.

Jo-Ann gives her cast some clever shtick to perform including a funny head lock scene between the men and a whip cream sexual innuendo scene. Set designer Kevin Boisse created a gorgeous cabin giving it the rustic feel it needs and the expert lighting by Douglas Greene is very impressive. He use LED lights to change the time of day through the windows onstage. The older couple are played by Alex Aponte as Frank and Karen D'Orio as Peggy. Alex's character reminds you of Archie Bunker and Ralph Kramden. He is blustery and mad at his wife and the other couple.But he finally shows he really loves her after he is finished with his tantrums. Alex's line delivery and facial expressions fit this character to a tee. His funniest moment occurs when he moons the younger couple leaving the audience in stitches. Karen plays the long suffering wife wonderfully. She has many funny one liners that make the audience laugh out loud including Frank is a Republican because he never apologizes for anything. Peggy is always reading "50 Shades of Gray" to fulfill her sexual needs since Frank is lackluster. Her funniest scene occurs when she pours beer on Frank's head after he insults her. Alex and Karen play well against each other and their counterparts, too.

The younger couple are played by Jason Arundale as Tony and Jenniffer Vaughan as Jill. Tony is a rich spoiled brat who gets his later in the show when Jill presents him with an ultimatum to marry her or else. Even though Tony can be unlikable at times especially when ridiculing Frank, Jason makes the transition into a calmer one later in the show. His race with Frank is a laugh out loud moment and his exasperation at being put on the spot is funny, too. Statuesque blonde, Jennifer is excellent as this demure character who finally grows a backbone when she puts Tony on the spot. Having lived together for three years, it is time to make a decision. I can't believe it has been twenty years since I directed Jen and Jo-Ann in "Annie" back in 1995. Jason and Jenniffer deliver topnotch performances in these roles. Their reactions to catching Frank and Peggy necking at their first entrance is a show stopping moment, too. I have pleasant memories of this show having directed it at Newport Playhouse in 2006 and 2014. So for a fun filled comedy that will keep you laughing out loud, be sure to catch "Weekend Comedy" at Attleboro Community Theatre.

"Weekend Comedy" (29 May - 14 June)
ATTLEBORO COMMUNITY THEATRE
@ 71 North Main Street, ATTLEBORO MA
1(508)226-8100

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