Theatre Mirror Reviews-"Squabbles"

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A Review by Tony Annicone

The current show at Your Theatre is "Squabbles" which is set in an apartment in Stamford, CT. It pits a father-in-law against a mother-in-law in a series of comedic squabbles. Jerry Sloan is a successful writer of advertising jingles who is married to Alice, an equally successful lawyer. Living with the happy couple is the not-so-happy Abe Dreyfus, Jerry's curmudgeon of a father-in-law. The situation is churned up when Jerry's mother, Mildred loses her home and moves into the mix. Abe and Mildred can't stand each other. Throw in a Puerto Rican handyman, a card playing chum of Abe's and the couple's German-gestapo-like nanny and you have the ingredients for this comic romp with topnotch direction by Trudi Miller.

The beautiful set is by Mark Fuller. Omer G. Courcy as 73 year old Abe is a hoot in this role. As Abe, he constantly complains and always answers the phone with the call letters of a country western station. His wife recently died and he's had a heart attack and is driving Jerry and Alice crazy by being a curmudgeon. Things take a turn for the worse when Jerry's mom, Mildred moves in with them. Sarah Morse as Mildred, makes a gangbusters entrance while she carries a huge monkey in for a gift for the baby to be. She is hilarious in this role especially when she insults Abe and finally in the blackout scene when an unexpected twist occurs in the story line that leaves the audience cheering in the aisles.

Doing terrific work as their long suffering children are Michael McGill and Elena Murphy as Jerry and Alice. Their constant sparring with both elderly parents is hysterical and leads to many laughs especially funny is the water breaking scene. Michael and Elena play off each other wonderfully.Rounding out the cast is Stephen R. Kay as Sol, Abe's card playing friend, Marilyn Duquette as Mrs. Fisher whose German accent is hilarious while stealing her scene as she runs rough shod over everyone trying to hold or touch the baby and Richard Pacheco as Hector, the constantly peeing gardener. So for a fun filled show, be sure to catch "Squabbles" at Your Theatre, Inc. in New Bedford.

"Squabbles" (15 - 25 May)
@ 136 Rivet Street, NEW BEDFORD MA

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