Holy Cannoli, The Prisoner of Second Avenue staged
Written by Bill Schlichting, Pilot staff writer   
February 05, 2013 08:20 pm

Brookings Harbor Community Theater

What does a person do to prepare for a visit from her parents? Plenty, when that person is Maria, the daughter of strict Italian Catholics who expect to meet her female roommate, who is actually a guy. 

This is the plot of the Brookings Harbor Community Theater production of “Holy Cannoli,” set to open at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8, at the Harbor Performing Arts Center, 97900 Shopping Center Ave. 

As the story continues, John was hoping to celebrate his and Maria’s two-year anniversary as housemates by proposing to her. Instead he finds himself as “Suzanne” wearing a dress and trying to cope with Maria’s cranky father, her overbearing mother and her wild younger sister. Then there’s Maria’s old childhood friend who tries to make his move on Maria as well as “Suzanne.” 

“I am having the time of my life playing Nicolette,” comments Dori Blodgett. “It has been two years since I have been on stage and I am having a ball. Nicolette is so much like a relative of mine from New York. It was easy to bring her to life. I love having the freedom to move about on stage, learn lines and become this crazy, arm waving, mother character; this is so much fun!”  

The cast includes Mariah Wise as Maria, Steven Nagel as John, Evan Wise as Sal, Blodgett as Nicolette, Nadine Pizzi as Angela, Josiah Wise as Vincent and Kevin Sumner as Anthony.

Directed by Colleen Harrison, “Holy Cannoli” opens with a champagne and dessert gala. Doors open at 6:45 p.m.

Because this play contains mild language and romantic comedy situations, parental discretion is advised for children 12 and younger.

Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through Feb. 17.

Tickets cost $10 for adults, $9 for seniors and $7 for students. Tickets are available at Wright’s Custom Framing and Art Supplies in Brookings and at New Wave Video in Harbor. Call 541-469-4700 for more information or to make reservations. 

Chetco Pelican Players 

The Chetco Pelican Players open its 2013 season with the Neil Simon comedy “The Prisoner of Second Avenue” at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8, at the Chetco Playhouse, 1240 Chetco Ave., Brookings.

Directed by Michael S. Fox of FoxWell Productions, the Tony-nominated play seems as if it had been written this morning, though it debuted on Broadway 40 years ago. 

Middle-aged advertising executive Mel Edison (played by Fox) loses his job and his balance in one fell swoop. His world collapses around him; everything that could go wrong, does.

Only his supportive wife Edna (Victoria Weller) stands by him, as they face Mel’s sudden unemployment, an intense summer heat wave, a prolonged garbage strike, a daytime robbery, noisy neighbors, and unending economic challenges. 

“Is the whole world going out of business?” cries Edna.

Mel’s well-meaning siblings only make things worse with their meddling. His successful older brother Harry (Dale Giottonini) and ditsy sisters (Christine Chapman, Teri McGregor and Janie Van Woerden) rub salt in his wounds with unsolicited advice and “consolation.”  They reluctantly offer Mel financial aid — with major strings attached. Mel does the only thing left for him to do: he has a nervous breakdown, and it’s the best thing that ever happened to him. 

The technical crew includes Mike Moran on sets, Giottonini as stage manager, Kelly Scruggs as assistant stage manager, and Kim Scruggs and Hazel Campbell as production assistants.

Because this play contains mild language, parental discretion is advised for children 12 and younger.

Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through Feb. 24. Tickets are $12 for adults and $5 for students. Tickets are available in Harbor at New Wave Video, in Brookings at Chetco Pharmacy and Gifts, and Wright’s Custom Framing and Art Supplies, or at the door. For reservations, call 541-469-1877. For more information, call 541-469-1857.