2010-05-21 / Entertainment/Lifestyles

‘Cactus Flower’ In Bloom At Fort Tilden Theater

A Wave Review

Mrs. Dixon Durant (Ellen Farrell) and Stephanie Dickinson (Jodee Tampone) Mrs. Dixon Durant (Ellen Farrell) and Stephanie Dickinson (Jodee Tampone) Members of the Rockaway Theatre Company are busy at rehearsal in preparation for the May 28 opening of Abe Burrows’ hilarious comedy “Cactus Flower.”

The play is set in the ’60s and centers around a bachelor dentist, his kooky girlfriend and his spinster dental assistant. The dentist has always told each woman he dates that he is married, with children, at the start of the relationship, in order to avoid future commitment issues. Eventually he falls for a girl and decides he actually wants to marry her. Thus begins a series of very humorous and entertaining plot twists which eventually cause the prickly “cactus” of a dental assistant to blossom into a “flower.”

The unique set designed by director Susan Corning and lighting designer Drew Westbridge, captures all the color and charm of the early 1960s. As always the RTC has assembled a cast of marvelous comic actors whose antics will have audiences in stitches. Speaking of stitches, costumier Matthew Smilardi has designed some lovely outfits rem iniscent of the 60s “Mary Quant” look. Audience members who are old enough to have been around during this momentous decade will definitely feel like they have stepped back in time.

Bernard Basio as Señor Sanchez Bernard Basio as Señor Sanchez The RTC is running a special for opening weekend shows. If you are planning to come up to Fort Tilden to see the show next weekend, be sure to clip the coupon which can be found in the “Cactus Flower” ad in this paper and bring it with you to the theater. If you need a good laugh, “Cactus Flower” is definitely the show to see.
Roger Gonzalez as Dr. Julian Winston Roger Gonzalez as Dr. Julian Winston

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