Wednesday, February 19, 2003
By Sam Lowry
Special to the News
CAST’s production of “Getting Along Famously,” which opened Friday, is not to be missed.
The show runs weekends through March 2. This tender and funny play is a great night out, and the excellent production directed by Jim Bull does Hood River proud.
Success is stifling detective novelist Harry Leeby (Sergio Fossa); he plans to kill off his main character. No more 10 percent for flamboyant agent Sandy Castle (Mary Zenorini); no more adulation for vain actor Justin Dean (Dennis Morgan). Only his sane daughter Lori (Molly McKinney) and a trio of Mark Twain apparitions (Kory Harding, Laurel Gray, and Bart Plimmer) can solve Harry’s dilemma.
The medium is farce; the message, acceptance, creativity, and love. Under the well-coaxed belly-laughs, you feel really good.
The cast is great, without a weak link. Fossa, who is on stage every minute, glides through his role with charm, professional timing, and a bottle of Chivas. Zenorini, all brass and outrageous shoes, is superbly maddening while Morgan, with solid stage-British, is endearing in his futile pique.
McKinney, with presence beyond her years, is just right as the grounded Lori, and the three young people — Harding, Gray, and Plimmer — manage their turn, on which the plot hinges, with confident intelligence.
Watch for brilliant touches: a shot-and-knifed Morgan; Zenorini on the phone; Fossa and McKinney’s father-daughter rapport. The spectacular set was designed by Bull and built with obvious care by many hands. Same can be said for costumes by Blue Ackerman.