We really enjoyed the show. The characters were well rounded and the interesting thing is that we did not know the show started until the first comedian walked out and Richard walked in. Jaynes mom was great, she was full off energy and funny....
certified reviewerJune 23, 2013
"Not my thing" . . . having said that . . .
No actor pleases me as much as NINA DONATO. If you stuck her in a dinghy, in the middle of the ocean, alone, and gave her no other direction but to row for forty minutes -- no dialog -- she would have you spellbound.
NINA DONATO plays the part of MARY, and I found it excruciating waiting for her to make her entrance. (Pausing, for lengthy amounts of time, isn't healthy for this piece.) But enter she does and before they finish dressing the stage, you can feel you are in MARY'S home. Why? Because of Nina's body language, and, the futzing around she does with the flowers "MARY" just picked from her backyard garden. No dialog, and you are there. What follows is energy and realism. An actua...
Peppur's comedic writing has a rhythm to it, a quirky verbal version of ping pong. Unfortunately for me, the actor's delivery just didn't match the pacing on the opening night performance that I caught. Maybe, it was a director's choice. But overall, it came off as flat.
I felt that what was on the page never translated to the stage. Based on the strength of the writing, it should have been much better....
As a fan of writer Peppur Chambers, this play had been high on my to-do list. Peppur has her finger on the pulse of the people, and has written a timeless romantic comedy that gives hope to all of us.
Due to the unprofessionalism of actress Nina Donato, who quit the show after Friday's performance, Peppur was forced to step into the role of Mary, Jayne's mom. Considering the limited time she had to prepare, Peppur did a superb job in the role. But the stars of the show were Dick and Jayne, who inspired me.
This is a great show and not to be missed....