its own. The result is a sterling example of what can be done with
liberal doses of the F word. No, not that one -- we're talking about
Director Kyle Myers has transported Nigro's "Cinderella" from a
rural, woodsy area to a trailer park in the 1980s and given his
enthusiastic cast carte blanche to wring every last bit of comedy out
of the play, then add some bits of their own. Sometimes the wringing
process is obvious, and occasionally overlong, but for the most part,
this "Cinderella" is a crackling comedy replete with twists and
The most significant points in its favor are the actresses playing
Cinderella (known here as Rosey Snow) and her wild harridan of a
stepmother. Playhouse favorites Adriana Sanchez and Lynn Reinert take
on these characters with gleeful relish, although there's still a
mountain of farce for the rest of the company to climb.
Sanchez glows as the put-upon stepchild whose cleaning duties
("wash the goat, wash the cat, wash the trailer") are as never-ending
as some of the comic bits involving the old well in the back yard,
from which several characters emerge. It's a "straight" character
polished to a high gloss by Sanchez's doe-eyed adorability and
Reinert, meanwhile, sinks her teeth into the stepmother's role and
hangs on like a rabid pit bull. While it may seem "over the top" to
theatrical purists, Reinert is on intimate terms with the farcical
style of performing and establishes her character as the queen of
The obligatory fairy godmother, here known as "Mother Magee," is a
delightful concoction of chutzpah and shtick, gleefully rendered by
Janet McGregor. There's also a village idiot called Zed (Ryan
Holihan), who's a nuisance at the outset, but who figures prominently
in the plot as it unravels -- for one thing, he's semi-literate under
normal conditions, but a virtual brain surgeon with a few belts of
liquor in his system.
Rosey's two stepsisters, christened Regan and Goneril (after
Cordelia's rival siblings in "King Lear," no less), are a contrasting
pair. Kimberly Arnold as Regan is a bubblegum-chewing airhead, while
Chrissy Tiholiz's Goneril is a formidably built bookworm with little
interest in the prince's ball.
The prince himself is a wispy, vacuous clod, well interpreted by
Mark Phillips, but the real comedy in the palace guard belongs to
Jason Kraft as a servant known as Troll -- the physical demands on
his character are frightening. Ivar Vasco completes the cast as
Rosey's father, who spends the entire play searching for his missing
Myers also shares scenic design credit with Steve and Kathy
Endicott, and the setting is a colorful melange of trailer park
kitsch. The director also has costumed this flashy, trashy troupe,
outdoing himself on Reinert's outrageous outfits.
"Cinderella Waltz" challenges its audience to abstain from
laughter, even while they're whispering "They've got to be kidding."
They really are, and it's a comedic smorgasbord.
* TOM TITUS reviews local theater for the Daily Pilot. His reviews