CONNECTICUT CRITICS CIRCLE
Time of My Life
GO TO WESTPORT FOR THE TIME OF YOUR LIFE
By Bonnie Goldberg
Life, if you are lucky, has a few defining moments when the stars are in perfect alignment and the
heavens are smiling. If you're even more fortunate, you will recognize these times and cherish them.
For some, these moments will be a high school or college graduation, your wedding day or holding
your child or grandchild for the first time. For others, they may be standing on the top of the Great
Wall of China or scuba diving off Australia's Great Barrier Reef. Crossing an item off your personal
"Bucket List" of to-dos before you die will certainly qualify.
For Gerry Stanton, patriarch of the Stanton clan and titular head of a successful business enterprise,
his defining moment is when his sons and their significant others join him in celebrating his wife
Laura's birthday, in their favorite restaurant, The Essa De Calvi. How could life get any sweeter?
Discover for yourself at the Westport Country Playhouse, until Saturday, April 26, when Alan
Ayckbourn's delicious comedy "Time of My Life" is served up as the special entree of the evening.
If you are lucky enough to have seen last season's sparkling farce by Ayckbourn, "Relatively
Speaking," the same cast is up again for kudos.
Paxton Whitehead is Gerry, whose life changes irrevocably after his pronouncement over dinner,
transporting him with his spouse (Cecilia Hart) in new directions. Sons Adam (Carson Elrod) and his
new dipsy girlfriend Maureen (Seana Kofoed) and Glyn (James Waterston) and patient wife
Stephanie (Geneva Carr) also experience revealing and unexpected transformations.
Jason Antoon, as a variety of waiters, is privy to all the awkward, uproarious and poignant moments
the couples undergo. John Tillinger keeps the tiller straight on course as the director, on an inviting
set designed by James Noone.
To see what other critics have to say about this play, or to see what is playing at theaters throughout
Connecticut, visit the new web site www.ctcritics.org.
For tickets ($30-55), call Westport Country Playhouse, 25 Powers Court, off route 1, Westport (exit
42, Merritt or exit 18 off I-95) at 203-227-4177 or 1-888-927-7529 or online at
www.westportplayhouse.org. ; Performances are Tuesday at 8 p.m., Wednesday at 2 p.m. and 8
p.m., Thursday and Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m.
Pull up a chair and enjoy a drink at the Stanton's favorite dining spot while a gala family celebration
becomes the pivotal point for a crossroads in life.
This review originally appeared in The Middletown Press.