note: entire contents copyright 2016 by Richard Pacheco
The songs are outrageous and fun and tackled a variety of issues with a smart and rambunctious attitude that is endearing in the midst of its bawdy verve and full of truth in the middle of it all.
Bob Colonna is a delight as the feisty, somewhat crank and determined Willie. He harbors years of unexpressed resentments that finally surge to the surface. For a long time he has not worked and the question is will he let those past hurts get in the way or just go along with it to be back on top again. Colonna is a sheer delight with impeccable comic timing and a wizened humor that is always on target. He handles the one liners with zest and perfection.
There is strong support here too like from Nicholas Thibeault as Willie’s nephew Ben, Thibeualt is pitch perfect as Ben who looks up to his uncle and usually gives in to his whims like bringing him forbidden cigars when he brings the copy of Variety. He holds his uncle in high regards even thought the old man drives him crazy with his quirks and demands. Lauren Ustaszewski as the voluptuous nurse in their skit is hilarious, making the most of very opportunity the play it up right.
This is a fun summer caper, sure to please with impeccable performances and laughs galore. Enjoy it and you will..