July 13, 2024
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Sokolsky on the Arts and Entertainment
A weekly program focusing on the arts and entertainment
So, is it going to be a wild and zany theater season? Arts and Entertainment Editor Bob Sokolsky says he is not sure yet, but things are definitely pointing in that direction.

He cites "Leading Ladies," the Ken Ludwig comedy that just ended its Riverside Community Players engagement. The show, directed by Patricia Scarborough, was a frenzied comedy involving two actors disguised as women in an effort to collect a huge inheritance.

It has been followed by Michael Frayne's "Noises Off," now playing at the Rialto Playhouse. Directed by Candy Kane, the comedy tells of an inept theater company trying to stage an inept play and whatever can go wrong on or offstage manages to go wrong.

The result is a maze of people running on and off the set, slamming doors and dashing up and down stairs.

Sokolsky applauds Thomik Deverien for his skill in keeping things moving, and funny, throughout the staging, stressing that the actor has been the lone cast member able to handle the British accents all the players use.

His co-workers, he says, have dialogue problems throughout the play. Under other circumstances, Sokolsky declares, that could have been a real problem. In this case, though, it's merely a matter of "no harm, no foul."
Episode Date: September 19, 2008
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