By Claire DeMarco
What is the relationship between 80-year-old seamstress Sylvia “Nana” (Lynne Martin Huber) and Dino (Andy Cornelius), an alleged mobster?
One of the following might apply:
- They’re romantically involved!
- She sews some of his clothes.
- Nothing. Surely you jest?
- See the show and find out.
Nana is in Las Vegas with her best friend Vera (Ina Block). Engaged as a seamstress for Las Vegas entertainers, Nana anxiously waits for her granddaughter Bridget (Jill Buda) to arrive from New York for Bridget’s bridal shower.
Fiancé Tom (Nick Redford) remains in New York since he is new at his job as a NYPD detective. He promises Bridget that he won’t work too hard, and he’ll concentrate on writing their wedding vows while she’s away.
Tom, however, actually works for the FBI and is on his way to Las Vegas for an undercover job with his supervisor Jo (Renee Ruzzi-Kern). Their assignment is to investigate a case concerning Dino.
Bridget has no clue that Tom works for the FBI nor that he will be in Las Vegas. Tom gambles that he will succeed in keeping this secret.
Spoiler Alert: He doesn’t!
When all the characters find themselves in the same Las Vegas location, subterfuge is finally exposed, misdemeanors explained and innocent misunderstandings resolved.
Block is a treasure! Her delivery is matter of fact, direct, sarcastic and hilarious, reminiscent of “Golden Girls”’ Sophia. All of this is done while she’s dressed in sequins and flamboyant finery, at times while pushing a lighted walker.
Huber’s facial expressions and general movement enhance her comic delivery. Vocal delivery adds favorably to the mix.
As the play evolves, Buda transitions effectively from a rather quiet person into one more assertive.
Redford’s gymnastic movements highlight his role as an insecure, bumbling spy.
Cornelius shows us both the rough side of a mobster and the kinder human underneath that facade.
Lighting is critical and is used effectively to identify different action locations. With this small stage lighting seamlessly segues from one location to another.
This is a delightful farce meant simply to entertain and it does.
The answer to the question initially posed above is D.
Go see the show and find out!
Directed by Kathy Hawk.
“Nana Does Vegas” was written by Katherine DiSavino.
“Nana Does Vegas” is a production of Little Lake Theatre, 500 Lakeside Drive South, Canonsburg, Pa. It runs from September 22 through October 1. For more information, click here. https://www.littlelake.org/