Jeff Smith 11:23 a.m., May 17
The Man Who Came to Dinner
Owing to a fractured hip, Sheridan Whiteside (aka flamboyant critic/radio personality Alexander Woollcott) must set up shop in small Mesala, Ohio. What follows is a three-ring circus, Whiteside holding court, center-stage, in a wooden wheelchair. At the Coronado Playhouse, Phil Johnson lacks Woollcott's legendary, Epicurean girth. No matter. Johnson plays the curmudgeon with the requisite emotional size, gaudy verbal style, and deliciously smoldering slow-takes. Director Ruff Yeager does a winning cameo as Beverly Carlton (Noel Coward). Performances in the large cast are a mite uneven, but Kim Strassburger, Frances Anita Rivera, Amy Dell, and Eric Poppick keep the laughs going.
Worth a try.
- "The Man Who Came to Dinner at Coronado Playhouse" (July 7, 2012)