The Fabulous Lipitones (review)

The Fabulous Lipitones (review)
The Fabulous Lipitones (review)
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THE PLAY: After the lead singer in a small town barbershop quartet dies, the remaining trio has to find a replacement or break up. The only candidate turns out to be a young Indian immigrant, who adds plenty of cultural confusion.

 

THE PRODUCTION: From the opening gag, there’s no denying that playwrights John Markus & Mark St. Germain know how to craft a joke (after all, their background is in sitcoms). The script is crammed with funny punchlines and amusing situations (and one touching highlight). It helps to have a trio of gifted comic actors: Ford Flannagan’s enjoyable spunk, Joe Pabst’s cranky spot-on delivery and especially, Steve Boschen’s sweetly timid spirit. Add RVA newcomer Levin Valayil’s delightful energy to round out this first-rate cast. Markus (who also directed) lets the cast shine, while helping land every laugh with fun bits. The tech elements all add suitable support. NOTE: Although numerous barbershop numbers serve the plot’s theme, this is NOT a musical.

 

THE POINT: A pitch-perfect cast makes this sitcom-styled script a surefire audience pleaser loaded with genuine laughs.

 

 

4 out of 5 stars (4 / 5)

 

A Virginia Rep production at Hanover Tavern thru 10/25

 

LISTEN TO MY REVIEW (as aired on WRIR)

 

Kneeling: Levin Valayil. Standing: Steven Boschen, Joe Pabst, Ford Flannagan. Photo by Jay Paul

Kneeling: Levin Valayil. Standing: Steven Boschen, Joe Pabst, Ford Flannagan. Photo by Jay Paul

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