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"Never Too Late"

Reviewed by Don Gillis

"Never Too Late"
by Sumner Arthur Long
Directed by Tony Annicone
Produced by Mike Goodreau

Stage Manager Lindsey McNally
Lighting John Lincoln
Set Construction Mike Goodreau, John Lincoln, Lindsay McNally

Grace Kimbrough..................Norma Fothergill
Harry M. Lambert.........................Aaron Tanzer
Edith Lambert..........................Margy O'Rourke
Dr. James Kimbrough...............Mike Goodreau
Charlie Clinton..............................Felix Santana
Kate Clinton...........................Luisa M.P. Vieira
Foley...............................................John Lincoln
Ralph........................................Lindsay McNally
Oscar................................................Joshua Liard
The Mayor.........................................Al Esposito
Policeman..................................Mike Goodreau

NEVER TOO LATE is about a man in his fifties who suddenly learns he's becoming a father again. His last child, a girl, was born 24 years ago, and considering the jerk she married, he finds the prospect of another unthinkable. His daughter and son-in-law live with him, and his previously meek little wife begins to lay down the law. There's to be a nursery, a new bath, and she discovers that she can use and have his checking account! Margy O'Rourke plays Edith, the pregnant wife --- who can faint at the drop of a hat if she finds she cannot get through to her husband Harry (Aaron Tanzer).

Harry does not have a shot in hell in this play. Everyone is after him, for one thing or another. He owns a lumber business with his nitwit son-in-law Charlie (Felix Santana). Tanzer and Santana are hilarious, always at each others throat. In one scene where the two of them get drunk --- after their wives call them on the phone because they are angry with them --- just to tell them to GO TO HELL!.

Speaking of the wives: Charlie's wife Kate (Luisa M.P. Viera) is overworked at doing dishes, cleaning the house, and insists that the household needs a maid! She had the most costumes changes; each time you saw her she had something outlandish on --- which really was funny! Edith's best girl friend, Grace (Norma Fothergill), picked up the pieces, so to speak, when things went wrong, and was at Edith's side when things were bad.

Supporting roles were played by: Mike Goodreau as the Policeman who had to break up the domestic quarreling, when things got steamed up at the Lambert's. (Mike also played Dr. James Kimbrough.) Al Esposito, as The Mayor of the city who lives next door, made his presence known about the noise, and his confrontations with Harry and his son-in-law were funny. He enters one scene in PJ's --- hilarious costuming! Josh Liard (Oscar) made a brief entrance , as did John Lincoln and Lindsay McNally as Foley and his Girlfriend.

The direction, by Tony Annicone was first rate, with all the right moves at the right times. The scenes were blocked well, and he directed the actors to use facial expressions that were hilarious. Great fun!! Go see it!!

"Never Too Late" (till 13 September)
CURTAIN CALL THEATRE
Blackstone Valley Histrorical Society, Old Louisquisset Pike, LINCOLN, RHODE ISLAND
1(401)727-3883

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