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|April 16, 2021|
Sokolsky on the Arts and Entertainment
A weekly program focusing on the arts and entertainment
Arts and Entertainment Editor Bob Sokolsky calls it a big month for the Rialto Players. It opened, he says, with the company winning 31 Inland Theater League awards and is closing with "a lightweight comedy that has stood the test of time."
The play, being staged at the Rialto Playhouse, is the Andrew Bergman comedy "Social Security." It's been around since the 1960s and Sokolsky says it still has enough theatrical shtick to wring out laughs in most of the right places.
Its story centers on six characters he describes as refugees from "innumerable Neil Simon works now taking off on their own." And each, he adds have been given plenty of material to work with.
That seems especially true of Candy Kane in the role of a dowdy 80-something mother who rises to the occasion when she meets a celebrity her daughter and son-in-law desire to impress.
Sokolsky also has praise for the show's five other cast members as well as director Thomik Deverien, applauding each for enabling even the show's most ridiculous moments "to go with a happy flow."
Episode Date: March 21, 2008