||In the tradition of shortening titles, apparently the
cast members of this show always referred to it as“Sex,” as when in
rehearsal they would say, for instance, “Tuesday night we’ll be in the
main theater for “Sex.” So…it was fun even before it opened.
A medium-sized but very enthusiastic crowd saw this
show open on Saturday night and, to their credit, overlooked a few
opening night glitches and really enjoyed themselves. The show is a
farce — no doubt about it. It Is
truly funny, and the audience laughed —
and giggled — and guffawed.
The cast is truly a veteran one, featuring two couples
well known to community theatre audiences and two singles, also well
known to regular Sutter Street (and other) theaters. Connie
Mockenhaupt is the proprietess of the bed and breakfast where this romp
takes place, and her suitor is Mike Jimena. Most of you know this, but
Mike and Connie are the couple who are responsible for the Sutter Street
Theatre — and much more. Eileen Beaver
and Jon Beaver (you guessed it – a married couple) are two of the
characters, one a neighbor to, and the other a guest at the bed and
breakfast. Peggy Huntsman and Hazel Johnson are two single ladies,
vacationing at the B and B.
Each one of these roles shows a side of the actors in
question that is not quite like the norm for them. This reviewer
recently said, of Mike Jimena, “You’ve never seen him like this.” Well,
it’s happened again. You have never seen him like THIS, often tender,
often wistful, very ingenuous. Connie is her often subtle self in this
role, but she changes her stripes, as the show progresses, and does so
in a believable way. You will find yourself mentally cheering her on.
Eileen will never be type-cast because in every role she does, she
completely becomes her character…so I lied. She did do what she usually
does — and that is to be unusual. Jon
is often an old blustering man. In this show he is a sex symbol!!! (Just
wait — you’ll see.) Peggy proves to the
world that you don’t have to be an ingénue to be sexy
— really sexy. Hazel usually plays
sweet old ladies or mean old ladies. She’s not exactly either of those
in this show.
You will find how all these things work together. So
be ready to be surprised, amused, and entertained.