Without those conflicting social sensibilities, the cast (which also includes Sheryl DeMarco, Willow Eckel, Jay Burris, Mark Baker and Gregg Bilyeau) is left with little to do besides grouse and gripe and wonder where the stolen diamonds were stashed. The talk is interminable. It begins with a convoluted exposition and continues with annoying after-dinner banter rendered in tones pitched high enough to wake the dead.
Coffee is served, drinks are poured and the telephone rings. One after another, the characters chat with an unseen Mabel, the local phone operator, who's as confused as the audience. These aimless activities drag on over two acts (and two 20-minute intermissions) before the verbosity gives way to a final act full of people with flashlights on a darkened stage entering and exiting the set's four doors. Who will bump into whom? Does anybody really care?
"This has gotten completely out of hand," observes Willow Eckel's lady novelist, aptly summarizing Carmichael's unfathomable, unfunny farce.
"Exit the Body" runs at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday March 6, 7, 13 and 14 and 3 p.m. Sunday March 8 at the Presbyterian Education Center, 64 Oswego St. Tickets cost $15 or $12 for students and $12 for seniors March 8 only; 635-7382.
Helen O' Toole (Denise Ballou) and Vernon Cookley (John LaCasse) are planning a secret 2 a.m. search to find out why bodies keep appearing and disappearing in the Baldwinsville Theatre Guild's production of "Exit The Body."