Saturday, August 14, 2010

Another Smash Hit by Norman Beim

Hilarity abounds in "The Costume Ball" at PowPAC, Poway's Community Theatre. This comedy by Norman Beim is attracting full houses to kick off the theater's 29th season.

Set in New York City in the 1980s, the story unfolds in the upscale apartment of Gwen and Harry Harris. Gwen is taken aback when she discovers that an important masquerade ball she thought was the following evening actually is taking place that night. The reason for her chagrin is that her husband's costume is not ready; in fact, she forgot to pick it up. And it only gets better from here! Harry goes along with the farce, introducing himself as his sister Hilary, visiting from Boston. The charade goes from bad to worse as Harry, talking in a falsetto voice, tiptoes around in an attempt to avoid Wilbur's advances. It’s a mixture of madness and mayhem, all to the delight of the audience.

Harry is played by Haig Koshkarian, Marilyn Wolfe plays Gwen, while Wilbur is played by John Fojtik. The trio bring more than a touch of reality to their characters.

Director Kate Hewitt cast three actors new to the PowPAC stage. They seem to be having as much fun onstage as the audience watching them. Paul Rossi designed an elegant set, complete with a backdrop displaying the bright lights of the city at night showing through the windows. Lighting and sound designed by Chad Oakley add to the ambience of the New York City apartment. Costumer Donna Reed completes the picture.

"The Costume Ball" provides a humorous escape for all ages.

"The Costume Ball"
When: 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays; through Aug. 15
Where: PowPAC, Poway's Community Theatre, 13250 Poway Road, Poway
Tickets: $15, general; $13, seniors, students and active military
Info: 858-679-8085

~THEATER REVIEW: 'Costume Ball' filled with hilarity- By RUTH LEPPER - For the North County Times

John Fojtik, left, Marilyn Wolfe and Haig Koshkarian in PowPAC, Poway's Community Theatre's production of "The Costume Ball." Photo courtesy of Tony Eisenhower Photography

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