A Contemporary American's Guide to a Successful Marriage (c) 1959 Review

I went to see "A Contemporary American's Guide to a Successful Marriage (c) 1959" at the NYC Fringe Festival, produced by Sean Bradford ("Simba" cover in Broadway's "The Lion King") & Adam Kantor (final "Mark" in Broadway's "Rent") in association with The Present Company. What a fun show...Robert Bastron has written a show that is cleaver, funny, and enjoyable by all. The show takes you on the journey of two couples from their initial meeting to dating to marriage and ultimately their own self-discovery of what a marriage is. The ups and downs that follow are wonderfully acted by this cast. Autumn Hurlbert & Lee Aaron Rosen are marvelous as "Abigail & Mason Lawrence". Whether it's through a gesture, a look, or her inflection, Autumn's impeccable comedic timing is really shown. Lee demonstrates "Mason's" enthusiasm as he falls love with "Abigail" and then his realization that marriage or this relationship might not be for him. Meredith Forlenza & A.J. Shively are perfectly cast as "Ruth Grundly & Daniel Henry", she trailer-trash turned millionaire and he a child prodigy med student. Meredith gets to show off her sultry and independent woman sides with conviction while A.J. get to reveal his innocence, dedication and wisdom with power. The cast is rounded out by Chris Henry Coffey as "The Narrator" who moves the show along with humor and wit. Colin Israel plays "Michael Henry (the brother of Daniel) &  Jeremy (the gay male nurse)"  whose . Miranda Jackel is precious as "Evelyn Henry" the daughter of "Ruth & Daniel".  Adding zingers both on stage and during scene changes are Francis Mercanti-Anthony & Monica West who play "Abigail's" mother & sister "Dorothy Peck" & "Sheryl Howard" as well as Anna Stone who plays "Burnhilde Henry" (mother of "Daniel") & "Ellen" (the nurse). Finally, Rob Sheridan gives a fine performance as "Henry Henry ("Daniel's" father) & "Dr. Osborne".

If this show comes back around (which I hope it does), go enjoy an evening of laughter!

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