Simply put, this production can be described in three simple words: It. Is. Funny.
Chetco Pelican Players’ actors show they aren’t shy about conveying hilarious lines, performing humorous movements or dressing in silly costumes to bring out the best this show, directed by Mike Moran and Susan Brickley, has to offer.
The theater company presented the musical comedy eight years ago and, once again, has succeeded at creating an awesome performance. Also successful was creating a set on a stage that is smaller than the one used the last time the show was presented. Set designers were able to depict three neighboring houses and still have room for the pandemonium that ensues.
The center house is occupied by characters Senex (Randy Scruggs), who lives there with wife Domina (Mary Anne Trailor), son Hero (Steven Scruggs), and slaves Hysterium (Lon Goddard) and Pseudolus (Howard Patterson), the lead character who has no qualms about wheeling and dealing for his freedom.
Hero sees a beautiful woman at the house of Marcus Lycus (Evan Vest), but is advised against having anything to do with the women in the house.
The third house belongs to the ancient Erronius (Paul Fleming), who is abroad searching for his long-lost children.
Hero confides in Pseudolus that he is in love with the beautiful Philia (Ellen Stadelman), one of the courtesans in the House of Lycus. Pseudolus promises to help him win Philia’s love in exchange for his freedom. Unfortunately, Philia has been promised to the renowned warrior Miles Gloriosus (Jason Ramsey).
Pseudolus convinces Lycus that Philia has picked up a plague from Crete and offers to isolate her in the house of Senex, who is away with his wife. Meanwhile, Pseudolus comes up with a plan to slip Philia a sleeping potion that will render her unconscious. He will then tell Lycus that she has died of the plague, and will offer to remove the body. Hero will come along, and they will stow away on a ship headed for Greece.
As conniving plans go, such plans will go awry, causing pandemonium and much laughter as Pseudolus piles on the lies to cover ones told previously.
Also acting in this production are Ariel Farris, Sean Farris, Liska Teague, Kelly Beggerly, Kelley Scruggs and Mariah Ellis as courtesans; Jason Liddell, Ralph Dickey and Scotty Oka as proteans; and Bruce Ellis as a eunuch.
Remaining shows are at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, April 19, 20, 26 and 27, and 2 p.m. Sundays, April 21 and 28, at the Chetco Playhouse, 1240 Chetco Ave., Brookings. Tickets are $15 for adults and $6 for students and are available at Wright’s Custom Framing and Art Supplies and Chetco Pharmacy and Gifts in Brookings, New Wave Video in Harbor and at the door. For reservations, call 541-469-1877.