‘Sex and the IRS’
EAGLE – Those busy, downvalley thespians the Porchlight Players are at it again. This time with an uproarious play sure to tickle the funny bone. Offering a special matinee on Mother’s Day Sunday, the Porchlight Players will present “Love, Sex and the IRS” – a play to which just about any mother can relate.”Love, Sex and the IRS,” written by William Van Vandt and Jane Milmore, is a tale of how one lie inevitably leads to another. In this case, our two heroes, John and Leslie, two former college roommates who now live together in the city, try to outwit the IRS. Both are struggling out of work musicians trying to make ends meet. Unbeknownst to one of the roommates, John (played by Paul Voborny) tells the IRS his roommate Leslie (played by Lance Schober) is actually a woman and that the two are married, in order to save on taxes.”It’s a hysterical show,” assures director Lora Silagy.Soon the duo is wrapped in an ever-spinning web of lies that becomes increasingly unfortunate for our heroes, and even more amusing for the audience. When the IRS comes to audit the pair, Leslie is forced to dress up like a woman – a particularly unattractive one, at that. But they are caught in the act when the men’s girlfriends show up in the middle of the meeting. To explain the strange “woman” in their lives, John and Leslie concoct story after story. Then, in the midst of the madness, John’s mom, Vivian, appears and he confesses he is secretly married to the female Leslie.Complicating the scenario are a nosy, and outwardly righteous landlord, who is actually a lecherous drunk; an IRS man with secrets of his own to hide; and John’s unfaithful finance, Kate, and her friend, Connie.”It’s a very family-oriented play,” assures Silagy. Kids, she adds, may not get all the jokes, but they will “definitely get the physical comedy.”
The play was originally to be performed in April, around tax time, but the troupe had trouble finding the right director. At last, they found someone, but she suddenly had to move to Denver in the middle of the play. So Silagy, who was the stage manager for the play, agreed to take over the directing job midway – even though she was in the midst of helping her husband get a new business off the ground, taking courses through an online school and raising kids.And, she’s glad she did. The result, she said, is a delightful play.Of course, Silagy had some very talented help in the form of her cast. Voborny, who plays the wily leader of the misguided pair, John, always has a smile on his face, notes Silagy. “He’s an incredible guy,” she adds. “He’s ready to go whatever you ask.” Schober, aka Leslie, holds a degree in theater. “We knew Leslie would be key,” Silagy said. And, she ensures Schober plays the part to perfection.McCoy resident Perpetual Bryan, flip-flopping Kate, also has taken classes in theater.
“She really surprised me,” Silagy said. Ann Olin, co-founder of the Porchlight Players with Silagy and Robin Fritz, plays Leslie’s girlfriend, the talkative Connie. “She’s incredible,” Silagy said. In addition to acting in the play, she does production management and advertising, and just wrapped up directing Eagle Valley Middle School’s, “Fiddler on the Roof Junior.” “What’s amazing about Ann is she is so versatile,” Silagy said.Nancy Lorenzi, John’s meddling mother, Vivian, is a theater major and very professional, Silagy said. “She has such a strong character development,” the director said. Shaun Twigg, who plays Floyd the IRS auditor, “is our class clown,” Silagy said. “He’s always making you smile and always being all crazy.”
Rounding out the cast is Randy Olin as landlord Mr. Jansen, making his stage debut, and Russell Loundsbury as Mr. Grunion, the seedy Justice of the Peace. “He’s got a great voice and a great presence,” Silagy said. “Love, Sex and the IRS” is not only a family-friendly comedy, but will also make a great treat mom for Mother’s Day. “I think they (moms) can all relate to our mom character,” Silagy said. “She’s hysterical.”
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