IVORYTON PLAYHOUSE REVEALS “THE FULL MONTY”
BONNIE GOLDBERG

If necessity is the “father” of invention in desperate times, at least to a sextet of unemployed steel workers in Buffalo, New York, then you will quickly understand the dilemma they face and the incredible solution they adopt to solve their problem.   A lose of their manhood, when they can no longer provide for their families, prompts the men to shed their inhibitions as well as their clothing, and become quasi-Chippendale dancers after they witness the overnight success of a pair of stud bunnies who come to town.

Come take part in the dancing phenomenon that is “The Full Monty” currently baring its all at the Ivoryton Playhouse until Sunday, July 26.  Penned by Terrence McNally and David Yazbek, this musical comedy focuses on six men, most unemployed for a year and a half, who don’t want to work as wimpy mall security guards and would prefer to reinstate their macho machismo by putting it all on the line, a thin time, like a g-string.

Meet Jerry, a creative and daring Barrett Hall, who is in danger of losing joint custody of his precious son Nathan, played by a cute Carlin Morris, when his ex-wife Pam (Victoria M. E. Church) fails to get any child support.  Jerry hatches the hare-brained scheme and then ropes his pudgy best friend Dave (Robert W. Schultz Jr.) to buy into the plan.  The pair quickly enlist Harold (Peter Craig Morse), Malcolm (John T. Lynes), Ethan (Justin Boudreau) and Noah (Mark F. Weekes) to complete the dancing and stripping troop.  A bevy of women, including Dave’s loyal wife Georgie (Mary Anne Piccolo) and Harold’s caring wife Vicki (Jackie Sidle) eventually cheer on their men.  Larry Nye directs and choreographs this fun, testosterone-laden joy ride.

The music switches from raucous and comic to sentimental and sweet as the men prepare for their big debut.  For tickets ($35, seniors $30, students $20, children $15), call Ivoryton Playhouse, 103 Main Street, Ivoryton at 860-767-7318 or www.ivorytonplayhouse.org (exit 3 off route 9).  Performances are Wednesday at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m.

Hats off to the brave guys who tackle spotlights to prove a little something to themselves and expose their all to the world.  Come cheer them on!

THIS WILL APPEAR IN THE MIDDLETOWN PRESS ON JULY 9.

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