‘Drop Dead!’ plays at Eagle Valley High School
EAGLE – Who would want to go see a play filled with mediocre actors and overstuffed, egotistical has-beens? You would.
The Porchlight Players presents the black comedy “Drop Dead!” Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Eagle Valley High School.
“Drop Dead!” takes audience members behind the scene of a local drama, where the interaction between cast members promises to be far more entertaining than the play itself. This play within a play, has all the spine-tingling, side-splitting elements: murder, mayhem, mishap and, inadvertently, great comedy. The scene is set when an off- off-Broadway theater decides to produce a badly written British mystery – and then decides to fill the cast with washed up actors and ridiculous wannabes. It’s hysterical for us, the real-life audience members, but not so funny for the make-believe cast members. They keep having their lines, and their careers cut short as they end up dead, one by one. As opening night approaches, everyone wonders who will still be alive to play his part in this all-too-real murder mystery.The Porchlight Players have gone against script and filled its cast for “Drop Dead!” with talented locals. Unlike the cast within the cast of “Drop Dead!,” newcomers are promising indeed. Take Kris Keys, who will make his Porchlight Player debut as the psychotic Wonder Child of Broadway, Director Victor Le Pewe. Jeff Hopp, also new to the players, is filled with unwarranted self-importance as the speech-impaired leading man Brent Reynolds. Then, there are veterans we’re happy to see return, such as Terri Vroman, who has appeared in several productions, and plays the stressed-out stage manager and adoring fan of Le Pewe. Veteran Ann Olin hits the mark with Mona Monet, an aged, former child TV star from the 1960s, still living in the past. Candy Apples, the entertainer turned Broadway hopeful, is played by favorite Perpetua Bryan; Randy Olin returns as the play’s sleazy producer Sol Weisenheimer; while bumbling Inspector Mounds is played by Paul Voborny.
The cast is rounded out by Nancy Lorenzi, as the deaf, 90-year-old actress Constance Crawford and Rhonda Meeks is just too much fun as the tortured – and untalented – playwright Alabama Miller. Lora Silagy (“Love, Sex and the IRS”), the play’s real life director, once again reaches into her own bag of tricks to make this PG-13 comedy come to life in all its wonderful hilarity, helped along by tech whiz Kevin Allen. Join members of the cast for complimentary Gouda cheese (sliced thin) and Kool-Aid during intermission. Showtime is 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $12 for adults and $7 for students and seniors at the door. Or, purchase tickets in advance for $10/$5 respectively by calling Lora Silagy at 524-0431. P.S. Don’t forget your bullet-proof vest; someone in the audience may be next.