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Prince George’s Little Theatre Sorry! Wrong Chimney!

By • Dec 13th, 2011 • Category: Reviews
Sorry! Wrong Chimney!
Prince George’s Little Theatre
Bowie Playhouse, Bowie, MD
Through December 18th
2:00 with one intermission
$19/$14 Seniors and 18 and under
Reviewed December 10th, 2011

Sorry! Wrong Chimney! is a farce by Jack Sharkey and Leo W. Sears. Newlyweds Samantha and David Tuttle are having a rough first Christmas. David is always working late and Samantha begins to suspect another woman. Her next door neighbor friend Natalie comes to console and complain about her own husband, Bill, a psychiatrist. She also warns Natalie about the Santa Claus Burglar breaking into houses in the area. When Samantha overhears David and Natalie talking she gets the wrong idea and becomes extremely upset. After storming off, the Santa Claus Burglar makes an appearance as everyone arrives at Samantha and David’s house. When a policeman arrives, even more mayhem ensues as the policeman is hypnotized by Bill.

Elsbeth Clay played the role of Samantha Tuttle. She was very believable in her role and made good use of facial features and emotions to carry her part. She and her neighbor Natalie played by Rosalie Daelemans may have been a little stiff around each other in the beginning, but by the end of the performance were eager to keep each other and their husbands from going to jail.

Samantha and Natalie’s husbands Bill and David (Aref Dajani and Lucas English) both played their parts well. English was a bit stiff at times, but the love for his wife showed through. Dajani vacillated between frustrated and intrigued by the situation he found himself in. Kris Kreigle (Jeffery Lesniak) and his fiancée Sheila (Cassie Youmans) were very expressive and though the pacing of the performance was sometimes rocky the two rounded out the humorous antics nicely. The policeman played by Fred Wells was a good sport about his role in serving the public.

The set for Sorry! Wrong Chimney! was quite festive. Costumer Rose English-Arredondo’s use of colors really helped set the tone for the fun show. In the first act, a gunshot was supposed to be heard, but didn’t happen, leading to a bit of confusion as the characters talked about the noise. The clever resolution of the myriad of problems generated by the mistaken identities, hypnotism gone awry, and unexpected house guests was nicely done, and a surprise.

PGLT’s Sorry! Wrong Chimney! is a silly farce, with a few minor problems, but gives a good dose of Christmas revelry.

Cast

  • Samantha Tuttle, David’s bride of 6 months: Elsbeth Clay
  • Natalie Weldon, the neighbor across the hall: Rosalie Daelemans
  • David Tuttle, a struggling young executive: Lucas English
  • William Weldon, Natalie’s psychiatrist husband: Aref Dajani
  • Kris Kreigle, a man with a holiday delusion: Jeffery Lesniak
  • Sheila, Kris’s doggedly devoted fiancée: Cassie Youhouse
  • Policeman, a determined disciple of Law and Order: Fred Wells

Production Team

  • Director: Jeffery Lesniak
  • Producer: Roy Peterson
  • Stage Manager, Properties Design, Costume Design: Rose English-Arredondo
  • Set Design, Sound Design: Jeffery Lesniak
  • Set Construction, Master Carpenter: Patrick Ready
  • Set Painting Design, Set Decoration/Dressing Design: Roy Peterson
  • Lighting Design: Garrett Hyde
  • Bowie Playhouse Technicians: Al Chopey, Pete Dursin, Garrett Hyde, Wally Kleinfelder
  • Transportation Chief: Keith Brown
  • House Manager, Playbill Design, Lobby Display, Photography: Roy Peterson
  • Box Office Manager: Sarah Potter Robbins
  • Ticket Takers/Ushers: Members and Friends of PGLT
  • Publicity: Jenna Jones, Roy Peterson, Linda Smith
  • Web Site (www.pglt.org): Kristofer Northrup, Pamela Northrup
  • Program Cover/Publicity Artwork: Michele Stinson

Disclaimer: Prince George’s Little Theatre provided two complimentary media tickets to ShowBizRadio for this review.

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