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THEATER REVIEW: Jazz Age pizzazz

‘Drowsy Chaperone’ is a mirthful musical about musicals

Mark Baker, as “Man In Chair,” and Kathy Egloff, as “The Chaperone,” rehearse for the Baldwinsville Theatre Guild’s upcoming production of “The Drowsy Chaperone,” which opens at 8 a.m. Jan. 18 at the Presbyterian Education Center, 64 Oswego St., Baldwinsville.

Mark Baker, as “Man In Chair,” and Kathy Egloff, as “The Chaperone,” rehearse for the Baldwinsville Theatre Guild’s upcoming production of “The Drowsy Chaperone,” which opens at 8 a.m. Jan. 18 at the Presbyterian Education Center, 64 Oswego St., Baldwinsville.

— Other standouts include Kathy Egloff as the tipsy Chaperone singing “We Stumble Along,” Josh Taylor and Brina Duger as the baking bad guys threatening a “Toledo Surprise,” and Maxwell Anderson portrays Adolpho, a self-centered Latin lover who loudly declares “I Am Adolpho!”

Anderson previously starred in BTG’s “Othello” and “The Drunkard,” and he demonstrates his remarkable range again here. As Anderson belts out Adolpho’s autobiographical anthem, his exaggerated braggadocio draws a gale of guffaws.

BTG veteran Deborah Taylor plays the rich and bewitching wedding hostess, Mrs. Tottendale, and she puts on the Ritz in Act I with “Fancy Dress” then later impresses with “Love Is Always Lovely.” She sings these tunes in tandem with Harlow Kisselstein portraying her butler, Underling. This unlikely couple’s spit-takes make a comic comment on the hypocrisy of Prohibition.

As theatrical producer Feldzieg, Doug McCall joins in on “Toledo Surprise” along with aspiring showgirl Kitty played by Kate Kisselstein. As Trix the Aviatrix, Marguerite Beebe flies everyone into marital bliss with “I Do, I Do in the Sky.” All along the way Baker’s Man in Chair adds delightfully droll commentary about the action and the actors.

In some productions, Josh Taylor will take over as Feldzieg while Marlin Beebe steps in as one of the gangsters. Rounding out the ensemble are Kathleen Hoy and Donna Smith.

Produced by Heather Jensen, BTG’s “Drowsy Chaperone” is both the bee’s knees and the cat’s pajamas. Catch it while you can!

“The Drowsy Chaperone” continues at the First Presbyterian Education Center, 64 Oswego St., at 8 p.m. Friday and. Saturday, Jan. 25 and 26; at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 27; and at 8 p.m. Feb. 1 and 2. Tickets cost $20, $18 for students, and $18 for seniors at the Jan. 27 matinee only; 877-8465; baldwinsvilletheatreguild.org.

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