This gentle, one-act comedy written by Denis Thornton offers a boatload of zany characters you swear you’ve met at some point in your life. The 60-minute (15 less than billed) local production is decidedly no-frills, but still has heart and it’s likely you’ll laugh — or even cry.
Cruise virgin Harry (Chris Reid) and perky wife Rachel (Evelyn Carruthers) first meet gun-totin’ redneck Tex (Sam Kowaluk) and his Annie Oakley-styled spouse Miss Elly (Marcia Barbarie) aboard ship. Elderly Aunt Violet (Betty Winterhalt) is also trying to come to grips with her mentally declining sister Mildred (Evelyn Darrach), inviting niece Jo-Ann (Jazmyn Shell) along to help keep an eye on things.
Corny jokes, naughty bits and double-entendres flow as easily as waves in the deep blue sea. But when the increasingly befuddled Mildred "dies," only to embark on her own ocean of childhood memories, the show becomes a poignant heart-stopper. This idea could easily have gone much further before Thornton’s insightful play finally pulled anchor for the night.
— Holly Harris