This lightning-quick farce and each of its delightful characters are utterly irresistible. Limelight Theatre‘s Girls’ Weekend follows four women – Carol, Meg, Ellie, and Dot – who retreat to Dot’s Minnesota cabin for a getaway book club meeting. But add a little (read: a lot of) wine to the mix as well as a few uninvited visitors, and the book discussion goes entirely out the window and in comes trouble. The result is hilarity as the friends criss-cross paths and get their subplots entangled as the audience tries to keep up with all the chaos.
To start off this chaos is Carol (Amy Tillotson) – a woman who is desperately trying to get pregnant. She’s been taking her temperature religiously to find out when she’s ovulating, and (gasp!) discovers that she is when she gets to the cabin. Her husband (Tyler Boutin) drove her there, so she calls him in a panic to come back so they don’t miss their window. But of course, this is a girls’ weekend. No boys allowed. So to hide Rick’s presence, she tells him to camp out in the shed until everyone is asleep, and she’ll give him a porch light signal to come to the door. Great plan, right?
Well except for one thing. Meg (Cathy O’Brien) is in a secret relationship with Dot’s son, Stephen (Donald Jones). And Stephen decides to show up unannounced to their their relationship to, ahem, the next level. Well since Dot doesn’t know that they’re together, and this is a no-boys-allowed weekend, Meg tells Stephen to hide in the boathouse until everyone is asleep. Then she’ll signal him with the porch light, and he can come to the door. Great plan, right?
Well except for one thing. Meg’s daughter Ellie (Sarah “Sunnie” Boggs) was dragged to this weekend and wants nothing more than to escape for a night on the town with a local boy, Bubba (Christopher Makauskas) that she met on her way here. But she doesn’t want to hurt her mom’s feelings, so instead of telling everyone that she’s going out, she tells Bubba to hide out in the barn until she gives him a special porch light signal. Then they can drive to town together for karaoke. Great plan, right?
Well except for one thing. Dot (Linda Mignon) has told all three women that she’s ready to stay up all night long with her friends. So they all have the same idea – why not slip one of Dot’s sleeping pills into her wine? So three sleeping pills, a bottle of wine, and a little weed later, Dot’s become a practically unconscious but serious problem. Throw a local sheriff, Tom (Marc Stone), into the mix, and things aren’t going to go well.
As you can imagine, wires get crossed, porch lights get signaled, men climb in windows and hide under beds, and nothing goes according to plan. But that’s the magic of an outlandish farce, right? Mignon, Tillotson, O’Brien, and Boggs have incredible chemistry together and delightful comedic timing. They work perfectly together as a friend group (plus one disgruntled daughter), and the moments that they’re all on stage together were some of the most entertaining. They expertly navigate the complications of a tangled and tricky plot, practically giving you whiplash with their quick back-and-forth banter. You’re waiting with bated breath, on the edge of your seat for everything to work out – or go entirely wrong.
Cathy O’Brien is charming and quick-witted in her role as both slightly overprotective mother and smitten ingénue. She brings real heart and hilarity to a key role. Amy Tillotson is ridiculous in the most incredible way. Her over-the-top antics and slightly harebrained and frazzled manner make her moments on the stage unforgettable. Sunnie Boggs perfectly captures the resentful daughter without making her unlikable. She lets you see Ellie’s side on the arguments with her mom, shows her humor, and demonstrates her heart. And what can I say about Linda Mignon, the mostly incapacitated, deliriously groggy, uproarious drunk? I say that I really want to have a drink with Linda.
And the men in the cast certainly hold their own. Tyler Boutin, Donald Jones, Christopher Makauskas, and Marc Stone show all have fantastic chemistry with the women playing opposite them and hilariously portray the exasperation of being caught up in the middle of a farce’s antics.
Girls’ Weekend is a show you shouldn’t miss out on – clever with rapid-fire wit and just the right amount of irreverence. Director Shelli Long has put together a production with an unashamedly brilliant cast and a guarantee to delight any audience.
Girls’ Weekend is onstage from February 22-March 17. Purchase tickets to Girls’ Weekend and learn more about Limelight Theatre by visiting www.limelight-theatre.org. The show is sponsored by All American Air.