AISLE SAY Florida
by Jeffrey Hatcher
Directed by Mark Rucker
Asolo Repertory Theatre
FSU Center for the Performing Arts/Mertz Theatre
5555 N. Tamiami Tr., Sarasota,
941-351-8000 or 800-361-8388
March 13 through May 23, 2009, in repertory
Reviewed by Marie J. Kilker
Don’t expect a play. Murderers
of three separate
monologues introduced together by their speakers admitting “I am a
Each gets to explain during a serial third of 95 minutes. In a
section of the Riddle Key Luxury Retirement Community and Golf Course
calm sky near Sarasota, Florida, today, set exteriors are projected
background. Furniture and props appear or recede, as needed, from slits
blue-gray side walls.
Torfeh), slim, dark and handsome in traditional tuxedo, tells of
plot by his long-time lover’s mother to avoid having her daughter pay
inheritance taxes. He agrees to
marry the sick older woman, moving to Florida to spend her expected
After receiving her estate as community property, he’s to pass it on,
to the daughter by wedding her. However, as mother gets re-diagnosed
Florida re-invigorates her, Gerald transfers his affections.
Unfortunately a real
gigolo in the community reverses the course of Gerald’s new-old wife,
him the choice of being incriminated in her death or blackmailed. While
the most complicated and far-fetched of the three stories, unfolded
completely by narration with several changes of voice and limited
you’ll find Torfeh’s Gerald a slick story-teller.
With white hair,
slumped shoulders, and what seems to be a drawl clipped on its way out,
bath-robed Ann Morrison is as
you’ve never known this usually
redheaded musical star. She plays 78-year-old Lucy Stickler. (The last
descriptive.) A glamorous flirt, with whom Lucy’s husband Bob once
her, has recently moved into the complex. Since, Bob’s been off daily,
devoted to charitable pursuits with the guys. Lucy
tracks him. When she discovers his hidden stash of
Viagra, she plans ingenious other uses of pills. All befit a lethal
Morrison’s Lucy triumphing in appropriate royal purple.
Minka Lupino’s life as
(well groomed Mercedes Herrero,
typifying the pleasant realty
pretty much routine until the day a mystery writer takes one of the
apartments. With murder on her mind,
Miss Lupino is disgusted at how young heirs, caring only for their
totally disregard the disposition of their just-deceased mother. So
sees to the disposal, and not just of her ashes. Soon she goes
about doling out justice to
more than one greedy jewel or money seeker. (Herrero’s finest moments
her describing her methods, whether involving laundry or golf carts.) Just as the writer’s mystery involves
theatre people, the ending is theatrical and involves the writer.
You’ll have to hear Herrero tell it.
Do go to enjoy Jeffrey
witty stories as presented on Erik Flatmo’s clever set by the three
well directed by Mark Rucker.
You’ll recognize as appropriate Emily
costumes, particularly if you look around at the rest of the audience.
Weaver has captured lighting typical of Florida’s Suncoast and Matthew
evidences his experience as
Asolo’s sound designer. Kelly Borgia
Stage Manager; Candance
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