RVP Hits Our Funny Bone With The Savannah Sipping Society

RVP Hits Our Funny Bone With The Savannah Sipping Society

 

What the script (by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope, and Jamie Wooten) lacks in depth, this outstanding cast makes up in hilarity and sensitivity.  The script is replete with humor that keeps the audience laughing.

As directed by Tina Taylor, the four distinct character actors are definitely well-cast, and their comedic pace is brisk. The opening references to Artificial Intelligence and the Southern drawl and music set the tone.  The opening yoga routine, with its stresses and strains, is but one of many very funny bits.

Sumi Narendran Cardinale (Jinx) is classy, beautiful, and superb as the experienced Life Coach.

The role playing give and take between Monica Snell (lovely Randa) and Heather Shepardson (strong Marla Faye) is hilarious.

 

Mary Bishop (Dot) skillfully regresses and releases the angst she’s been repressing a very long time, related to her Grandmother.  There are several memorable scenes –
just more comedy than pathos.

The role playing give and take between Monica Snell (lovely Randa) and Heather Shepardson (strong Marla Faye) is hilarious.

 

The fabulous costumes were Designed by Miles Smith.  The minimalist Set Design (by Tom O’Brien) adds nothing to the action and takes nothing from our attention on the actors.  The cut-out parts of the set are expertly constructed by Michael Walraven.  The Lighting Design (by Ellen Brooks) and Light Board Operation (by Halina) supplement the lightness and laughter evoked by the fine acting.  The Sound Design (by Billie Cox), would be enhanced with wireless clothing microphones.  It would be great to hear the dialogue as clearly as we can hear the good music choices (especially at the opening and supporting Jinx).

By Elle Alexa Simon with my beloved teacher, Flora Lynn Isaacson, Member, SFBA Theater Critics Circle

Photography by Gregg LeBlanc

The Savannah Sipping Society opened July 12 and will run through August 12, 2018, with performances on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00pm; and Sunday Matinees at 2:00pm.

For tickets to The Savannah Sipping Society, go online to www.rossvalleyplayers.com or call 800/838-9555, and tickets for School Groups, call 415/456-9555 extension 3.  All performances take place at The Barn, home of the Ross Valley Players, Marin Art and Garden Center, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Ross.

Coming Up Next at RVP will be the 89th Season opener, from September 28th through October 21st, Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare, directed by Jennifer Le Blanc.