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Phoney Baloney Pantaloné
Presented in the style of Commedia dell’arte (simplified for kids and with the more ribald elements removed), this is the story of spoiled rich girl Isabella (Aileen Audette), who is preparing for her wedding with the help of her much-smarter servant, Columbina (Spenser Payne). But the guests are early, the wedding cake is eaten and the flowers aren’t ordered.
The characters are cleverly presented, with their movements accompanied by music and sound effects (provided by onstage musician Alan Wong). All the players are capable, but the standout is Jeremy Rampton, as he convincingly portrays both bouncy, hyper-goof Ariecchino and creaky old miser Pantalone (who gets the best lines in the fun script).
The company should be commended for using a piece of theatre history to ensure future theatre audiences by fostering interest early. But they fall a bit short, as the play ends abruptly (more than 10 minutes shy of the stated 45-minute run time), and what was a fun time ends with an impression that there should’ve been more.
— Janice Sawka
From the Fringe program:
Isabella's only chance of getting married is if her father, Pantaloné, gets rid of the monster in his closet! But don't worry kids! There's not really a monster. Pantaloné is full of Phoney Baloney!
Done in the style of Commedia dell'Arte - using masks, slapstick comedy and audience interaction. If you like The Three Stooges or cartoons come to life, you'll love The Poor Fools!
Director: Ardyth Johnson
Cast: Aileen Audette, Spenser Payne, Jeremy Rampton
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Recommended For: Family Friendly
Length: 45 mins.
Discount Tickets: $5 for Kids (12 & under), Equity, Fringe Performers and Volunteers
Babes in arms permitted.
Updated on Saturday, July 20, 2013 at 4:17 PM CDT: