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"Angel on My Shoulder"

Theater review by Cindy Sue

Written by Stephen Levi
directed by Matt Siravo & Tony Annicone
At the Newport Playhouse & Cabaret Restaurant

A distraught young woman is prevented from making a horrible choice by a mysterious stranger. He brings her back to her apartment and when she says: “I need an angel on my shoulder” he claims to be just that. He has wings imprinted on his shirt and seems to know an awful lot about her so she invites ‘angel” to stay around to insure she doesn't make any more bad choices. When her boyfriend (the cause of her bad choice) shows up ready to move in, things get interesting since the “angel on her shoulder” seems to know quite a few things about him and his life-style as well.

Tonya Free is superb in the role of Donna. Her timing is spot on and her facial expressions and physical comedy are laugh out loud funny. Her entrance when she has had way too many Bloody Marys is hysterical. Tom Lavallee as the angel/visitor is terrific. His hopping to the bathroom while modestly wrapped in a sleeping bag is a hoot. He is also wonderful in portraying the nuances of the character. Tom and Tonya have an amazing chemistry as Donna and “the visitor”. Marc Thomas is the smug self-assured “dream man” Paul. He plays the role to perfection and his “primping” is delightful. The chase scene between him and the angel around the sofa is hilarious. A play with just three characters can sometimes seem long but this talented trio keeps the dialogue and action moving at a perfect pace. The steady hand of directors Matt Siravo and Tony Annicone are evident in the pacing and staging of this delightful comedy.

The Set Design by Fred Davidson and Set Decoration by the multi-talented Tonya Free are splendid. Stage Manager Olivia Sahlin does a great job in keeping things on track.

A bountiful buffet precedes the performance and afterwards a return to your table for more comedy and music with the talented cabaret cast, including the three actors you just saw on the main stage. “Angel on my shoulder” returns in February so be sure to make plans now to come out for a terrific night of delicious food and laughter. The Newport Playhouse is handicap accessible, there is plenty of parking and the wait staff is super!

"Spreading It Around (21 November -= 31 December & 20 February - 23 March)
@ 102 Connell Highway, NEWPORT RI
1(401)848-PLAY (7529)

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