In a word, this play was Dee-lightul with a capital D! From the beautifully, colorful stage design to the witty and eloquently written dialog and lyrics and the cursive stage direction, I was entranced from beginning to end.
This theatre day, I was not only joined by my usual theatre partner, Mom but also by her dear friend, Irene. We three ladies ventured into NYC for a matinee of this engaging show, on what started out as a balmy, overcast day. As fate would have it, the day turned sunny and breezy and that same bright and cheerful atmosphere filled the Walter Kerr Theatre that afternoon. I knew very little about this play, except that it recounted the memoirs of an English gent in prison. With a relatively small cast in reality, multiple costume changes and numerous roles gave the perception that there were far more in the company.
On the day we saw the play, there were several changes in the usual cast. The lead role of "Monty Navarro", was played by Jeff Kready, who was quite fetching as the proper and gentlemanly narrator. Ms. Pamela Bob was also standing in for the alluring character "Sibella Hallward" with an amusing and flirtatious portrayal. Together, they created a playful, on-stage chemistry full of whimsy and fun.
We sat in the mezzanine, and were lucky enough to have front row seats!! What a view!
This show is theatre at it's best - an original, cleverly written story with incredible talent in the quintessential Broadway tradition.
Irene and Mom selected the Homemade Fettucini Bolognese whereas, I chose the Spaghetti with Fresh Tomatoes and Basil. Everything was delectable and coupled with the decor, the open air restaurant front, it was a relaxing meal for all of us. Mom and I ended the meal with Passion Fruit Sorbet and a slice of Italian Cheesecake (made with ricotta cheese) which was the best I had ever eaten!
Lively entertainment and lots of laughs on this Ladies Day out!!