Home' The River Weekly News : RWN 012717 Contents THE RIVER - JANUARY 27, 2017
Fort Myers Art:
by Tom Hall
Friday night at
Theatre. It is a
that follows the
exploits of four
downtrodden unattached Southern
women trying to recapture their swag
and reclaim their lives.
Randa Covington, Marlafaye
Mosley and Dot Haigler stagger into
the juice bar after nearly expiring in
a hot yoga class. Forming an instant
bond as a result of this near-death
experience, they resolve to share drinks
that evening on Randa’s verandah.
Dot invites the manager of a nearby
make-up store to join the trio. As luck
would have it, Jinx Jenkins has already
met Randa – in the checkout line at the
“I got a slab of Brie and seven
tangerines,” she tells Dot and Marlafaye
before encountering Randa for the
second time that day. “When I got into
the five-items-or-less line, the most
pretentious, uptight gal I’ve met in years
threw a frothing fit. She went ballistic. I
mean, what kind of person is so tightly
wound she’d even care about that?”
Enter Randa, holding aloft a plate
of cheese straws. Never underestimate
the healing power of a cheese straw!
The two unite at first bite and, over
the course of the next two hours, this
foursome buffets the audience with a
barrage of jokes, one-liners and zingers
worthy of a Samantha Bee or Paula
Poundstone stand-up comedy routine.
The banter is droll, the repartee snappy,
and though there is a proliferation of
man-bashing jokes and gender-based
sarcasm, the men in the audience
during the play’s Wednesday night
preview frequently drowned out the
laughter of their female counterparts.
But there’s more here than a
disjointed string of wisecracks and
witticisms. Playwrights Jessie Jones,
Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten,
(whose credits include The Dixie Swim
Club, Dearly Beloved, Christmas
Belles, The Red Velvet Cake War and
Always A Bridesmaid) explore the
ways in which all of us cope with the
reverses, setbacks and tragedies that
life throws our way with all too much
regularity. Like us, Randa, Marlafaye,
Dot and Jinx are self-involved, filled
with irrational fears and desires, and
consumed by conflicting emotions.
On their own, they struggle to get
by, but with each other’s support and
understanding, they find the courage to
try and do new things that make them
individually and collectively smarter,
stronger, more confident and self-aware.
All four of the actresses chosen by
director Paul Bernier for this show
deliver impressive performances. By
virtue of their on-stage chemistry and
the way the cast complements each
other, the characters in this production
come across as real, three-dimensional
people rather than cardboard cut-outs
of The Golden Girls or Designing
Stephanie “Downtown Diva” Davis
exudes both vulnerability and edginess
as the long-suffering professional who
loses it and her job after her boss gives
the promotion she deserves to a man
half her age and a quarter as talented.
If you liked her as Miss Witherspoon,
you’ll adore Davis as Randa Covington.
Kelly Legaretta plays Texas divorcee
Marlafaye Mosley. She not only enjoys
the distinction of having the driest
humor and most one-liners, she has
the best stocked purse to grace a stage
since David Kane’s briefcase in One
Day At A Time.
As the recently widowed Dot Haigler,
Donna Schulte is not only sweetly
endearing, she is adept at mining every
ounce of comedy possible from the
lines and stage directions she’s given.
The driving force in this show,
however, is ML Graham, who plays
Jinx Jenkins. She’s not only funny,
theatrical and refreshing. She’s sensitive
to the growth arc her character
traverses, which justifies the monologue
she delivers near the end of the play.
Kudos must also be given to P&P
Design for creating a set as bright and
sunny as the overall tone of the show.
Jim Conti also warrants a shout-out
for the Medieval Fair costumes he
fashioned for Marlafaye, Dot and Jinx
to wear in act two.
The bottom line here is that if
you find yourself in need of a good
laugh, you need look no farther than
Off-Broadway Palm’s The Savannah
Sipping Society. The show is selling out
fast, so make reservations immediately.
Tom Hall is both an amateur artist
and aspiring novelist who writes art
quest thrillers. He is in the final stages
of completing his debut novel titled
Art Detective. A former tax attorney,
he lives in Estero with his fiancé and
their four cats.
Three cast members of Savannah Sipping Society
photos courtesy www.artswfl.com
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volunteer job that interests you. Your four-hour volunteer shift truly makes a
difference to the community, and there is no experience required.
Volunteer perks include reserved parking, a complimentary ArtFest Fort Myers
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ArtFest Fort Myers includes 215 artists from across the county and around the
world; the largest high school art exhibit and competition in south Florida; and free
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