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Cast & Crew of Beau Jest

Beau Jest


Community Editor, The Observer

You are going to love Beau Jest, a comedy by James Sherman. It's a hoot.

Lawrence Benjamin does a superb job directing this fine ensemble cast. Several of the actors have been on the Little Theatre stage before and Benjamin has stretched their acting abilities in wonderful ways.

The Family PortraitMonica Doherty plays Sarah Goldman, a nice Jewish girl with a big problem. Her parents, played by Linda Kalaydjian and Stan Sanders think it's the end of the world that she is still not married to a nice Jewish boy.

To mollify her parents, Sarah tells then that she broke up with Chris Kringle, played by Nathan Knight, her advertising account executive boyfriend.

Hello - HelloAfter her mother constantly tries to fix her up with sons of friends and relatives and even with total strangers, Sarah tells them she is dating a Jewish doctor to get them off her case.

Her parents keep pressing her to introduce them to her beau, so she plans a dinner party and has to find a Dr. Steinberg. Over the heated protests of Chris, she employs an escort service to send her a Jewish date. Instead, they send Bob Schroeder, an aspiring actor (not Jewish), played by Dan Blazi, who agrees to perform the impersonation.

The KissLuckily, he is extremely convincing in the role and Sarah's parents are enraptured, though Sara's psychologist sister, Sherry, played by Tara Jenkins, is convinced that something fishy is going on.

The acting is terrific, the story is funny and the ending is great. Don't miss this funny season opener.

Not to forget the hard-working behind-the-scenes crew - Hal Linn is stage manager, Jerry Orzel is production coordinator, Bill Roehrborn is technical director and Ann Knadle is the set decorator. Camille Dickinson is in charge of props and Maxine Hoffman and Rose Dingas are handling costumes. Diane Christian handles lights and sound.

     


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