Set Designer: ROB ODORISIO
Costume Designer: ROB BEVENGER
Assistant Costume Designer: DEREK LOCKWOOD
April 2 - 26, 2003 run in NYC
Amidst earth-tone accents, shag rugs, and wood paneling, a
Tupperware party is about to take place at the home of Bonnie Kapica
(Jill Van Note). The time is the 1960's somewhere in the suburbs of
America. Just before the potential buyers arrive, she and her husband
(Shawn Curran) have had a fight, and thus the underlying topic of
the get-together is set. A few plastic containers and mixed cocktails
later, the ladies reveal their innermost frustrations and confusion in
this period where the country is about to begin its revolution.
Doug Stone's SEALED FOR FRESHNESS is a real audience
pleaser. Although the events that unfold, as well as the humor, are
predictable, the execution is pretty close to perfection. The characters
are diverse, with Kate Van Devender being the Queen Scene Stealer.
She is aided and abetted in comedy by Nancy Hornback, Jeanne
Hime, and J.J. Van Name, the other attendees at this party gone
awry. There is an adequate blend of hilarity and pathos, and the
action moves quickly along. Sets and costumes remain true to the
era. All in all, this is an interesting concept/memory brought to
fruition by a sincere cast and a playwright that obviously attended a
few Tupperware parties himself.