Hooray for Hollywood II: COBRA
TALKS DALY DOESN’T
(apologies for poor quality of required flashless pictures)
13 is lucky for the annual Doctor's
Fund Benefit show and Director Donald Labohn hasn’t lost his Midas touch
This is Hollywood, Grove style
where gender and preference is never taken for granted.
In the star studded audience, the
great ones were there – Randi & Gianna!
iconoclastic Homecoming Queen Urban Sprawl continues to defy tradition as she
was dumped rather than escorted to the stage for the requisite appearance.
Baney’s gruff MGM’s Louis B. Mayer voice over commented “from above” on the
and Gentlemen Take your Seats
Usherettes (does anyone remember those?) Sylvia Shapiro, Luisa Verde, Shirley Charity and Coco welcomed us in true old fashioned style singing "Just Go to the Movies," and Coco refreshed our memories in "Movies Were Movies."
Gary Greene as Errol Flynn (Gary Greene), Cary Grant (Jack Ruolo), Randolph
Scott (Dan Daly) and Tyrone Power (Don Verteramo) “You Don’t Thrill Me When You
Kiss Me… No.
long whispered rumors that they indeed loved each other more than their leading
incredible feat of costuming and make-up Doctor's Fund President Joanne Tavis,
Bobbie Green, Doreen Rallo, and Lola were totally convincing as the Wizard of
Oz ,Tin Man, Cowardly Lion, Scarecrow and Dorothy (and a loose bowelled
Toto) and one can imagine the fun they
had in those costumes
family values send-off Joan Crawford’s infamous Mommy Dearest (Urban in polka
dots!) sang “I love your funny face," to a cherubic Christina (Coco)
before chopping off her hair! ‘now clean uo that mess, Missy”
her long standing silence, Cobra spoke uttering a Greta Garbo-ish
"I want to be alone", quipping
"Which way to the Pines?"
has come a very long way since he only did sets and costumes and never went
onstage) a strait-jacketed Hannibal Lecter who warned, "I want to do bad
things with you"
luscious Louisa as the FBI agent
there a Dracula so dramatic as Don, flourishing his cape and baring his fangs
the Shapiros, overpowering
the vampire flashing Stars of David (obviously the vampire wasn’t Jewish)
broke into the requisite Barry Sisters number "Otchi Chornaya"
the suspense of just where and when they would insert their signature number)
hunters (crew members Arthur Cohen, Jane Haber and Peg Ryan) inspired the
“modest type” Charity to reveal how she got to "The Big Time”
a very convincing, ultra macho James Bond (Joanne),
who’s got a big one swingin’ down to his knees”, with
side chicks Urban and Luisa, all suave and swagger in “Who's the Man?"
in her boudoir, swathed in only a sheet, the ultimate sex kitten, Brigitte
Bardot (Lola), purred and sizzled her way through “Naughty Baby”
In a film
noir fantasy Grove power couple Margo, as Cruella De Vil, and Coco, the Evil
Queen in "Snow White," definitely "Two of a Kind,"
badgering each other into "Friendship”
brassy Shirley. compete with suitors Joanne, Bobbie, and Doreen, captured the
essence of Mae West in “I'm in the Mood for Love,” very convincing
out the resplendent Bella, as the magnificent invalid Elizabeth Taylor
that, due to poor health, "Everybody's Fucking, but Me", a song with the
most lurid lyrics I ever heard as they dripped like honey flavored venom from
Flaming was Hitchcock "Birds” heroine Tippi Hedrin, first stylishly bird
adorned then brought down by the evil creatures – still managing to look
glamorous singing "Everything happens to me" (must take time out for
another word about the extraordinary costumes and makeup in this show)
outstanding as the impish Pinocchio - he danced!
duet ting with Luisa’s Blue Fairy the appropriately double-entendre-d "Better
knock, knock, knock on wood" (another indication of the care and research
that went into finding just the right songs for each character)
illustrated why Hattie McDaniel won her award in the spirited, "Nobody
listens to Mammy" …simple perfection
Phetamine (at last, Don in his best self) pulled the appropriate fruit from the
most inappropriate places as a lewd Carmen Miranda, noting "When a bananna has such appeal”..Is it me
or was that a guy a little fruity?
got his moment in another original opus, an ode to pin up queen Betty Grable “A song
for a lady that I’ve loved for so long”…………….I was afraid he would never get a
chance to speak let alone sing – what a delight as always.
best MGM Extravaganza style, a Drag Queen Delight!
Donald stuck to her tradition giving credit generously where it was due
(despite some criticism from the press last year???) Tech: Matt, Alison Brackman,
Michael Romanelli, Sherri Rase; Harold Seeley, sets; Doreen and Don,
choreography; Urban, hair and makeup; Robert Ferri and Dan for printing. Joanne
added further comments, on behalf of the Elmer A. Lindsay Memorial Center Doctor's
musing how the show went from Cherry’s to the newly high tech
Grove theater (both Bella and Evan had to use MD’s this summer)
and directed by Donald Labohn, co-produced by Meryl Facterman and Lois McIntosh
with the Arts Project of Cherry Grove, July 18th ‘09