This is a review of the Bay Area Harbour Playhouse’s presentation of “This Must Be The Place” written by Monk Ferris, and brilliantly directed by Pat Bowen. The play takes play on a July afternoon and evening in the living room of the world famous and renowned portrait artist Bob Zachary’s home in Pahrump, Nevada. This was one of the funniest plays I have ever seen. The play offered comedic chaos, slapstick, and non-stop laughter.
This was the plot of the play: Bob Zachary (Brian Treybig) a world famous and renowned portrait artist, is trying to set the stage for a romantic proposal to his girlfriend April March (Lacy Madsen). Gloria Desmond (Amber Treybig) a lovely young heiress wearing the famous Minerva diamond necklace worth $750,000.00, is in love with Bob Zachary (Brian Treybig) who is painting her portrait. Roger Clark (Forrest Folwell), a plumber, is attempting to impersonate his friend, the very famous Bob Zachary, because he is enamored with a gorgeous Las Vegas Showgirl Candy Cluster (Connie Folwell) and wants to impress her. Julian Glester (Harry Little III) is dangerously obsessed with April March (Lacy Madsen) and is constantly threatening everyone in his search to find her. Pomona Beaumont (Myrle Waller) is a well known fashion designer who is not only concerned about her very wealthy young niece Gloria Desmond (Amber Treybig), but she has also lost her daughter who has amnesia. Wendell Zolotnik (Jeremy Deslatte) is the private detective hired by Pomona Beaumont (Myrle Waller). Minerva Desmond (Bennie Nipper) the enormously wealthy matriarch of the Minerva fortune, is looking for her daughter Gloria Desmond (Amber Treybig) and also is searching for a pawn ticket she lost while she was gambling in Las Vegas.
All the actors were wonderful, and they were totally connected with each other and the audience. The MainDeck Theatre is a small, intimate theatre which enables the audience to become thoroughly engaged with the actors and the play, which made the show even more enjoyable. Brian Treybig gave an outstanding performance as frustrated lover Bob Zachary trying to propose while dealing with chaotic conditions and unexpected guests. Amber Treybig, very striking with her gorgeous long hair, wore a slinky cocktail dress for most of the play, and was very effective in her role as the lovely young heiress Gloria Desmond. Forrest Folwell as the plumber/ artist impersonator Roger Clark was excellent and showed a real comedic gift
Lacy Madsen as April March was great in her role of Bob Zachary’s girlfriend and Julian Glester’s obsessive love interest. Connie Folwell was wonderful as the gorgeous Las Vegas Showgirl Candy Cluster. Her character was completely obsessed by food and garnered a lot of laughs. Myrle Waller, as fashion designer Pomona Beaumont, was very funny and her “presentation” of her designer jeans was amusing. Harry Little III was terrific as the deranged loved obsessed Julian Glester and his character added a lot of drama to the play. Jeremy Deslatte did a first-rate job as detective Wendell Zolotnik and his character provided a lot of funny slap stick situations in the play. Bennie Nipper was marvelous as Minerva Desmond, the wealthy karate kicking matriarch of the Minerva fortune.
Run, Do Not Walk, to the Bay Area Harbour Playhouse and see this play! Call 281-337-7469 to make a reservation now. “This Must Be The Place” will be playing at the Bay Area Harbour Playhouse through Sunday, June 20, 2010. The BAHP performances are on Friday and Saturdays at 8 pm, and Sundays at 2:30 pm. The tickets are $17.00 for adults, $12.00 for seniors and students, and $6.00 for children under 12.
The next Bay Area Harbour Playhouse play will be “A Funny Thing Happened On The Way to the Forum”, from July 9 to August 1, 2010. The theatre is located at 3803 Highway 3, in Dickinson, Texas, three blocks north of Highway 517. The BAHP website is www.harbourplayhouse.com. To make a reservation, or for more information, call 281-337-7469.