TOUCH AND GO

 
DIRECTOR: Jeff Gastauer
CO-PRODUCERS: Joel and Sherrie Colbourn
June 27 - July 20, 2003

By Derek Benfield

When Brian takes up jogging, his wife Hilary is not surprised. She has often told him he should exercise more after all the business lunches he consumes. But when Brian is ostensibly running around the park, he is, in fact, spending a couple hours with his girlfriend, Wendy, in his good friend George's flat. The arrangement works well for some time, for while Brian is visiting Wendy, helpful George knows that there is no danger of his own dalliance being discovered; for the object of his affection is Brian's wife, Hilary! It is all plain sailing until George's wife Jessica returns too soon from a business trip to America and puts the cat among the pigeons. "A particularly well crafted domestic farce...(that) could have many an audience falling off their seats... Frothy fun somewhere between Feydeau and Felixstow." - London Guardian. "Deceit, deception, and mistaken identity are skillfully blended." - London Stage.



 CAST
Brian     Dave Rivas
Hilary     Summer Spence
Wendy     Kim Hawkins
Jessica     Heather McKnight Covert
George     Michael Hricko


Heather McNight Covert

Kim Hawkins

Summer Spence

Michael Hricko
 

Dave Rivas
 

Jeff Gastauer
Director

PRODUCTION STAFF
ProducersJoel and Sherrie ColbournArtistic DirectorBrent A. Stringfield
DirectorJeff GastauerCostumesMonica Emanuele
Assistant DirectorKim TaitanoPropertiesMary Lou Reyen, Leona Stringfield
Stage ManagerSharon BowenHouse ManagerJoel and Sherrie Colbourn
Set Designer/RealistJeff Gastauer/Rosemary KingReservationsEnid Munk
Set Construction CrewChief Joel Colbourn, Shon Seagren, Rosemary King, Barb Seagren, Sharon Bowen, Sherrie Colbourn, Carl StringfieldProgram Cover & Flyer ArtworkMichael McCullock
Paint CrewSusan and Mike Davis, Sharon Bowen, Sherrie Colbourn, Brenda WardProgram/WebmasterElden Davisson
Set DressingBrent A. StringfieldPhotographyTony Eisenhower
Sound DesignTom CrenshawPublicitySherrie Colbourn
Lighting DesignJim MillardPrintingPoway Printers
Sound and Lighting OperatorLarry Clapp  

Thanks to Tony Eisenhower for all above pictures.

Bad script, good cast in 'Touch & Go'

Pomerado Newspaper Group
Review by Erin Allin
July 3, 2003

The talented actors of the Poway Performing Arts Company are overshadowed by the flawed script of the British comedy "Touch & Go."

It is not easy to stage a British comedy here in America. While both countries speak the same language, what is humorous to Brits may fall flat to American audiences, and vice versa. And "Touch & Go" is one of those victims.

"Touch & Go" is a farcial comedy about adultery and the effort it takes to carry on a secret affair. Hilary, played by Summer Spence, encourages her husband, Brian, to take up jogging every Wednesday. Brian, portrayed by Dave Rivas, embraces the idea since it allows him free time to romance his girlfriend, Wendy, in his buddy George's flat. Unbeknownst to Brian, George, played by Michael Hricko, is involved with Hilary. George's wife, Jessica, is usually traveling for work. However, the scheme begins to unwind when Jessica, played by Heather McKnight Covert, returns early from a business trip.

The first act of the play is bogged down with plot exposition. The actors do their best to get through awkward dialogue explaining the background of the characters and how they arrived at their current situation. While the play picks up toward the end of the first act, intermission was a relief.

Act II revives the comedy and is worth the wait. Both the dialogue and the physical comedy pick up as the affairs start unraveling. It ended with much laughter from the audience.

Spence, Hricko and Rivas excel in physical comedy. Their expressions alone frequently drew laughs from the audience. Spence's portrayal of high-strung Hilary is especially memorable for her high-pitched wails of distress.

The set design of "Touch & Go" is excellent. The time and thought put into the design of each flat is evident through the contiguous styling -- modern for George's and Jessica's flat, English country for Hilary's and Brian's adobe - - and abaundance of props.

This attention to detail, however, needs to carry over into the costuming. Wendy, played by Kim Hawkins, appears closer to a teenager than a "woman of the world" in her cotton push-up bra and shorts. And George's suit in the first act makes him look like a candidate for Oxfam, the British version of the Salvation Army.

While not the best script for the talented cast of PowPAC, "Touch & Go" is moderately enjoyable.

"Touch & Go" runs through July 20 at the Poway Performing Arts Company, 13250 Poway Road in the Lively Center. Performances are at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are and for seniors, students and active military. For reservations, call (858) 679-8085.