Nana’s Naughty Knickers – Review by Bonnie Goldberg

Very few things are as private as your underwear. What you put on under your clothes is basically your business. But to senior citizen Sylvia Charles her business is getting to the bottom of things, from your knickers to your knockers, in silk or feathers, satin or lace, and she is proud to be so intimately involved in your life. This feisty and innovative lady doesn’t want to play bridge or take a walk in the park. Now widowed, she wants to raise a few eyebrows and a few bucks and have a little frisky fun in the process.

To make Sylvia’s acquaintance, head over to the Connecticut Cabaret Theatre in Berlin for an intimate introduction to Katherine DiSavino’s comic “Nana’s Naughty Knickers” playing weekends until Saturday, May 5th. Lori Feldman’s innovative Sylvia has managed to keep her enterprising activities private, away from the prying eyes of her best friend Vera, a nosy but hard of hearing Karen Gagliardi, her good friend Police Officer Tom, a helpful Josh Luszczak, and her landlord Mr Schmidt, an interfering Dave Wall who would like nothing better than to find a good cause to evict her from her rent controlled apartment.

Everything is under control and working well until the arrival of her granddaughter Bridget, a questioning Ashley Ayala, who gets quickly suspicious of her nana’s unusual activities. As a law school student, Bridget quickly suspects that Nana is hiding a big secret, one that is kinky as well as illegal and she wants it to stop. When the UPS men, Chase Fish and Russell Fish, start delivering packages of sex objects and a model Heather, a scantily clad Melissa Pelletier, arrives at the door, Bridget realizes she must act quickly before Officer Tom hauls Nana off to jail for tax evasion and Mr Schmidt discovers the perfect excuse to evict her for breaking her lease.

Luckily the arrival of Nana’s best customer Claire, a commanding Linda Kelly, comes in the knick of time to save the day. Kris McMurray has a lot of fun frolicking among the intimate apparel to great comic relief. For tickets ($30), call the CT Cabaret Theatre, 31 Webster Square Road, Berlin at 860-829-1248 or online at www.ctcabaret.com. Performances are Friday and Saturday nights at 8 p.m., with doors opening at 7:15 p.m. Bring goodies to share at your table or plan to buy them at the concession stand onsite.

Wear your fancy inner wear and your red or pink boas so you’ll feel right at home at Nana’s ingenious take on the old fashioned Tupperware parties of old.

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