Eight brilliant actors and an all star band serve up a healthy dose of attitude at the Coastal Repertory Theatre with the production of Tomfoolery, opening Feb. 8 and running through March 2. Enter the witty, wicked, offbeat and thoroughly twisted world of famed satirical songwriter Tom Lehrer.
In concerts, television appearances and a series of now-classic recordings, the Harvard-educated math professor delighted millions of fans during the 1950's and 60's with his dry, cynical but good-humored attacks on the A-bomb, racism, pollution, pornography, the military, the boy scouts and, of course, mathematics.
The cast of Tomfoolery includes actors from all over the Bay Area as well as some local favorites. New to Coastal Rep is the wonderful soprano Samantha Cardenas. She joins a couple of Pacifica based performers, the highly comedic and talented Deborah Joves and hilarious and charming Kimberly Krol. Joves was last seen on Coastal Rep's stage in Almost Maine last season. Krol who not only performs in the show, but also serves as the company choreographer, and was seen most recently in The Marvelous Wonderettes. She is also the dance instructor for the Coastal Theater Conservatory. Local young actress Audrey Nassar adds her energy to this production as well.
Tomfoolery is the second show at Coastal Rep lucky enough to have Daniel Norberg's great voice to join in the fun. Coastal Rep regulars Doug Mallon, David Rock and Jack Weintraub all bring their own brand of silliness to the show. Mr. Mallon, known for his turn as Don Quixote in Man of La Mancha, brings a dry quick wit to the production. Rock, who was seen in Almost Maine and A Christmas Carol last season, lends his boyish charm which adds an innocence to the comedy. Last but not least, Weintraub continues to be a comedic force at Coastal Rep, after previous turns in The Odd Couple and Noises Off.
A very familiar face at the Coastal Rep, director Mark Drumm is back in the director's chair after tackling the 2-hour monologue that was Ralph in A Christmas Story. Past stints as director include last season's A Christmas Carol, the award winning Noises Off and Truman Capote's Holiday Memories. On stage, Mark has enjoyed performing in Greetings, The Full Monty and Godspell. Away from Coastal Rep, Drumm has also directed Nunsense at Palo Alto Players and Fishing with Open Tab Productions. On stage, Drumm has recently been seen as Nathan Detroit in Guys and Dolls, Fatty Arbuckle in Mack and Mabel at South Bay Musical Theater and Psudolus in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and Pacifica Spindrift Players.
As Drumm can attest, Lehrer’s work infiltrates the American lexicon. “A snide remark I made during my first lecture in Leher’s American Musical class at U.C. Santa Cruz in 1980 turned out to be an actual quote from one of his musicals, and I became an instant fan,” he shares. “One of my most fond memories was during the final for our American Musical class at Tom's apartment. During this ‘exam’ we finally got Tom to sit at his piano and play his songs. I went head to head with him while singing “The Elements” and Tom won by a mile. I am so happy to be able to share my love of these songs and the man who wrote them. I hope you find them as wonderfully twisted as I do.”
IF YOU GO
February 8th, 2013 at 8pm and runs through March 2nd, 2013. Friday and Saturday nights at 8 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 2pm. Tickets range from $27 - $45. Adult themes, language and satire. Recommended for mature audiences over 13 years of age. For more information and to purchase tickets: (650) 569-3266, or visit www.coastalrep.com. Coastal Repertory Theatre is located at 1167 Main Street in Half Moon Bay.
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