BWW Review: A RED PLAID SHIRT Gives a Comical Look into Retirement at HOMEWOOD THEATRE
Retirement is a chapter in life that has been said to bring new experiences and self-discovery. What would you like to do when employment no longer clams eight to ten hours of your day? What in the world is Marty supposed to do with himself is the premise of "A Red Plaid Shirt" by playwright Michael G. Wilmot. This comedy shows the trials found in living after retirement. It's tongue in cheek funny with many belly laughs throughout.
"A Red Plaid Shirt" is a fun play with many comedy nods to the films of George Burns and Gracie Allen and shows like "I Love Lucy". Director Marietta Lunceford gives a classic throwback feel, and it works perfectly. Marty (Howard Green) is a newly retired high school English teacher. He is in fog trying to figure out what to do in this new chapter of his life. Uncertainty and indecision is driving him up a wall. Riding shotgun in his scenario is his loving wife Deb (Debbie Smith). She is supportive but also concerned that his floundering may bring him more harm than happiness. Stereotypical sit-comy, friends next-door Gladys (Lori Edwards) and Fred (Kyle Bass) are going through the similar issues.
Deb (Smith) encourages Marty (Green) to take on a hobby to get out of this rut. He gets an idea of getting a motorcycle. Fearing injury Deb (Smith) steers him toward learning woodworking as a more sensible option on the table. Fred's (Bass) days of watching endless medical TV shows has led him to be a manic hypochondriac. Gladys (Edwards) persuades him to join the class as well. The comedy plays out as the couples find new sparks in themselves and in their marriages.
The chemistry of the cast is a highlight. The polished comedy timing of each of the actors gives cadence to shows like "The Honeymooners." Wilmont's quick, and pithy dialogue is played out with heart and fun deliveries. The performance holds a perfect balance of Deb and Gladys as the "straight woman" to the comic fools of Marty and Fred.
"A Red Plaid Shirt" is fun comedy with many surprises woven into the play. The relatability and heart of the characters make this look at retirement enjoyable for all ages.
"A Red Plaid Shirt"
by Michael C. Wilmot
Directed by Marietta Lunceford
Cast: Debbie Smith, Lori Edwards, Howard Green and Kyle Bass
Homewood Theatre (at The Dance Foundation)
1715 27th Court South Homewood, AL 35209
Jan 10 -12th at 7:30pm
Jan 13th at 2:30pm.
Photo credit- Lindsey Culver