Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Sexy Laundry tickles audiences at B Street

Photo courtesy of B Street

When we think of seduction what usually comes to mind are Matta Hari and Delilah, not a middle-aged matron who’s putting on weight. But “Sexy Laundry,” now on the B Street Theatre’s main stage, is a fresh take about the subject. It’s the story of a couple coping with a midlife crisis at a posh hotel, where they try to revive a 25-year marriage with the help of “Sex for Dummies.”

Canadian playwright Michele Rimi offers us little about lust, though, and more about a woman’s need for love. Alice Lane makes bizarre attempts to arouse husband Henry, who is curiously uninterested. Under Buck Busfield’s astute direction, Stephanie McVay captures the role as a late replacement for Kathryn Morison. Rod Gnapp, new to B Street, makes a suitably dour Henry, despite Rimi’s failure to provide him with a convincing motive for his reluctance.

“Sexy Laundry” continues through April 18 at 2711 B Street, behind the Stanford Park Baseball Field. Performances are Tuesday at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday at 2 and 6:30 p.m., Thursday and Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 5 and 9 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $22-$30, with student and senior discounts available. Call (916) 443-5300

For a detailed review click the title of this post to visit the El Dorado Hills Newspaper Village Life. Then click “Entertainment,” followed by “columns and reviews.”

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