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reviewed by Ken Klingenmeier

Carmel Community Players continues their 2016-17 with Suite Surrender,  the 2008 farce by Michael McKeever. Set in wartime 1942 at the prominent Palm Beach Royale Hotel, the play tells the story of what happens when two self-important celebrities, who happen to be arch-rivals on and off the stage, are mistakenly booked into the same suite of rooms at this prestigious hotel.

Jan Jamison directs her energetic cast through a mayhem filled plot-line. Georgeanna Teipen (as Claudia McFadden) and Jill O’Malia (Athena Sinclair) blithely portray the combatant stars who leave a trail of insistent demands for their striving-to-please secretaries, Thom Johnson (Mr. Pippet) and Addison D. Ahrendts (Murphy). Also caught up in the turmoil are the overwhelmed hotel manager Bernard Dunlap, performed with relish by Sydney Loomis, harried bell boys Otis and Francis (Colton Martin and Steve Jerk, respectively), and somewhat battered gossip columnist, Dora Del Rio (Marjorie Worrell). Kate Hinman plays the interruptive socialite, Mrs. Everett P. Osgood. Toss in a little dog named Mr. Boodles, played with rare calm in the chaos by Sergio, and you have a complete set of delicious characters for the twisting farce.

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The Cast of CCP’s “Suite Surrender”: (from left) Steve Jerk, Colton Martin, Marjorie Worrell, Jill O’Malia, Georgeanna Teipen w/ Sergio, Sydney Loomis, Thom Johnson, Kate Hinman, and Addison D. Ahrendts.

A very packed house enjoyed a good number of laughs as the cast enthusiastically worked through moments of slapstick, word plays, face takes, sub-plots and misunderstandings, all having developed broad characterizations for the tasks. Though a bit uneven at times in their pacing, the team onstage easily won over the crowd with their antics.

All this wild activity takes place on the beautifully appointed set conceived by Bill Fitch, and decorated by Ron Roessler and Ms. Jamison, in a rich set of costumes designed by Patricia Dorwin.

Bottomline: Suite Surrender has enough comic action and farcical plot to please the palate of most theatre goers. And the highly spirited cast truly enjoys giving its all to fulfill the script’s intensions.

Carmel Community Player’s Suite Surrender continues at their Clay Terrace venue through February 26. To learn information about times and dates visit their website: http://www.carmelplayers.org or call 317.815.9387.

  • – Poster by Lori Raffel
  • – Photo by Charlie Hanover

 

 

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