"Not Now, Darling" is a comedy of errors and infidelity that had us laughing from the beginning through the final curtain.
The story is set in a store specializing in fur coats in merry ole England somewhere around the 1960s.
Scenic designer Brandon PT Davis gave us the 'stuffy' high class almost snobby set perfect for England's upper crust complete with a balcony so necessary as the story line unfolds.
Costume designer Ashley Harrison did an amazing job with the attire. I don't know where she acquired all those fur coats. I have been doing these reviews for 30 years now and, for the first time that I can remember, the costume designer got a huge round of applause from the opening night audience for the "undergarment" created from tea towels. It was incredibly clever and the audience obviously appreciated her efforts, as do I. Bravo!
There are not enough words to describe what an outstanding duo Courtney Crouse and Kyle Groff made on that stage. These actors played off each other's characters with perfect timing. Part of their superb performances goes to the fact that they are incredibly talented actors who have graced the OST stage many times. The other part of the credit goes to director Fredrick J. Rubeck who nurtured the entire cast into giving us a night of many laughs and a not soon forgotten live theatrical experience.
Crouse and Groff are amazing to watch!
The six women in the cast are all Stephens College students but you could not differentiate them from the pros on stage. Mamie Meenehan's role as Mrs. Whittington is very demanding both physically and emotionally and she was great.
Aleksandr Krapivkin portrayed Harry McMichael with a flair befitting a totally unfaithful husband who was obviously spoiled rotten as a child.
Kudos to TJ Vinsavich. He had to play two different men of entirely different backgrounds and ages. As Mr. Frencham he is hilarious! He gave the character the right amount of pompousness. I waited every time he came on stage for that silly moustache to go flying across the room. His Mr. Lawson character was a perfect foil for Frencham as he was a roudy, quite uncultured younger man. There were six of us who attended the show together last night and I had to point out to at least three of them that one person was playing both parts. They were wondering why one guy was missing at curtain call. Obviously TJ did his job well!
There are so many behind the scenes affairs in this one that you will lose count. The cover up for all of these antics is what is so very funny. The harder they all try, the deeper the trouble they get into. Obviously there is a strong moral to the story and we had to pause later to ponder that. We were too busy laughing the entire time.
When they all came back out for the curtain call in those fur coats, we continued laughing as we left the theatre.
Thanks to the cast and crew for a break from the tensions in our lives by bringing us back to laughing at life.
"Not Now, Darling" runs through Sunday, July 22. This is not a play for children to see but for us adults, it makes for a wonderfully fun evening.