continued Meanwhile, a bit further west on First Street, former Mayor Jon Zappola reports that three of the five robins’ eggs he found in a nest in the family Christmas wreath have hatched. “So we’ve got two more to go,” Jon said.
The con is on when two disparate gigolos compete for the affections —and assets — of wealthy women on the French Riviera, in the Baldwinsville Theatre Guild’s musical production, “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,” which opened April 25.
This musical version of “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” was first produced on Broadway in 2004, and it was based on the 1988 movie of the same name starring Steve Martin and Michael Caine.
Because it’s a comedy, the play’s scammers’ implausible pretenses suggest whimsy rather than debauchery. Under the direction of Trevor Hill, two strong lead actors are ably supported by a lively ensemble to deliver a thoroughly delightful evening of entertainment.
Veteran actor Rob Searle stars as suave and sleek playboy Lawrence Jameson who’s challenged by the green and grating newcomer Freddy Benson portrayed by Maxwel Anderson, one of CNY’s bright new lights.
It’s stock comedy — think city slicker vs. country bumpkin — but these two milk it for all it’s worth and then some. Anderson’s devil-may-care character gets a few more laughs than Searle’s smooth operator, but their complementary natures are what really make the show go.
Jameson sums it all up when he assesses Freddy. “What you lack in grace,” he observes, “you make up for in vulgarity.”
A true-love subplot brings Jameson’s French valet, Andre, into the boudoir of the dowager Muriel Eubanks. Jay Burris portrays Andre while Kathy Egloff plays Muriel. Burris displays a deft sense of humor singing “Chimp in a Suit,” while Egloff’s crystalline voice adds pathos to “What Was a Woman to Do?” Together, Burris and Egloff consummate their characters’ relationship with “Like Zis/Like Zat,” a carefree ditty that inspires smiles on every face.