Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens have created a completely absurd story about a young man who feels his life is not going anywhere and is suddenly thrust into an adventure. Harry Witherspoon is told to take his uncle on the trip of a life to Monte Carlo. The catch is that Uncle Tony is dead and if he doesn’t do it, he will not receive six million dollars! What happens next is a whirlwind comedy.
“Lucky Stiff” is a ton of fun and has a lot of heart.
The role of Harry is played by Reed Sigmon, a boy who has a sweet singing voice and strong stage presence. He made a great partner for Isabella Lopez who played Annabel Glick. Annabel is a representative from the dog shelter that will receive the six million dollars if Harry cannot accomplish his mission. Lopez is a talented young girl with a powerful voice.
Allie Dreskin played Rita LaPorta, Tony’s girlfriend who shot him. She is accompanied to Monte Carlo by her anxious eye doctor brother, Vinnie di Ruzzio. Vinnie is played by Brandon Dietrick. Dreskin portrays mania well and is a wonderful contrast to Dietrick’s nerves.
The dead Tony is played by Dave Carter, who truly has a fun role and he executes it well. It is not easy to sit in a wheelchair and not move for an entire performance and he did so with grace.
The ensemble included Rick Estberg, Gene Valendo, Grant Scherini, Jeanne Louise, Debra Kidwell, Hannah Hall, and Kristi Dixon. Each played multiple roles and brought the world of the story to life.
Lindsay Zetter choreographed this piece with cute and fun choreography. The ensemble executed it well. Eric Hufford directed the production with a nice flow across the stage. Emily L. Sergo is the music director.
The set was designed by Terry Averill. It includes set pieces that easily transformed into sales counters, game tables, and a bed and a roulette wheel painted on the floor. It is a clever set and aided in the storytelling.
“Lucky Stiff” is a ton of fun and has a lot of heart. It is a unique musical choice and an outrageously silly story.
Running Time: Two and a half hours.
“Lucky Stiff” runs at Colonial Players of Annapolis through May 6. For tickets and more information click here