If you’re looking for some hilarious
entertainment, the State Theatre in Auburn is the place to be this
weekend and next. Who would expect burlesque in downtown Auburn? But
burlesque is what you’ll see, clean, family-friendly, but burlesque
nonetheless. You ask how can clean and burlesque occupy the same
stage? Go and find out. They’ll be undressing on stage through May 10th.
Be prepared for British accents, for
the actors in this local production of the British comedy, Calendar
Girls, by Tim Firth, do their best to imitate the intonations of
Brits, so much so that some of the dialogue will fly past
incomprehensible to American ears. Bits of dialogue refer to Marks and
Spencer and Tesco, both large food stores in Britain. Body language
makes up for any auditory loss.
The six “calendar girls,” Rene
Sprattling, Lois Ewing, Patti Baker, Corinne Gelfan, Kristine Alcamo,
and Diane Dean-Epps, once persuaded they need to pose to raise money for
a good cause, disrobe with the shyness and embarrassment of upright
British women, yet the tantalizing determination of show girls.
keeps the audience laughing thanks to the direction of Judy Blake.
Sharon Sciabaca, costume designer, enhanced the delight with the use of
a tea cup and tea pot, a sack of raw sugar and a jar of orange marmalade
as props (no pun intended). A silky rendition of “Stormy Weather” sung
by an angel with wings on her back, Kristine Alcamo, expressed one of
several poignant messages in this play.