Playwright Samuel Taylor’s “Sabrina Fair” is a romantic comedy that brings us back to the post-war era of the 1950s, immersing us as audience in the light,warm feelings of victory and freedom. It's just the ticket for removing oneself - if only for a little while - from the onslaught of horrors handed to us by the new administration.
The story is that of the homecoming of a beautiful young woman to this country after having spent five years in Paris.
Upon returning home, Sabrina Fairchild, the daughter of the chauffeur to the Larrabee family, attracts the amorous glances of both the young men of the family.
Regina Steffen is strikingly girlish and vibrant in the title role of Sabrina Fairchild. Her exuberant stage movement and coquettish glances will make you love her.
James O’Hagan Murphy is a strong presence onstage as the older Larrabee son, Linus. Well known for his stunning portrayal of Robert Kennedy in the one-man-show,“RFK,” he was recently featured in Spotlight Theatre’s production of “Suddenly Last Summer.”
As David, the younger of the two Larrabee sons, Drew Hirschboeck shines. This actor has very much the look of the young Baryshnikov, and it’s good to see him back at the John Hand where not so very long ago his scheming Phillip plotted against Henry ll in “Lion in Winter.”
Darcy J. Kennedy is a joy to behold onstage. Her command of the matriarchal role in this play is full of bright humor. Kennedy has recently been seen in “Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol” and “Suddenly Last Summer.”
As Aunt Julia, Cindy Laudadio-Hill brings a bright peppering of hilarious expressions and bons mots to the proceedings.
Claude Diener is amazing in the role of the aging patriarch of the Larabee family. With his suave gentlemanly demeanor and walking stick he enhances the production greatly. Diener’s performance as Dolittle in Performance Now’s “My Fair Lady” (Marlowe Award) was indelible.
Stephanie Kidd is appropriately galling as David Larrabee’s first wife.
It’s a pleasure to see Phil Luna (Paul D’Argenson) onstage again after an absence that has been, in this reviewer’s not so humble opinion, far too long.
Director Rachel Bouchard has brought together a handsome and cohesive cast. Although her pacing is also quite good for the most part, it’s a challenge to keep up the momentum with overlong speeches such as the chauffeur’s monologue near play’s end.
The technical staff for the show is brilliant: Set(Bernie Cardell), costumes(Susan Rahmsdorff Terry), lighting(Vance McKenzie) and sound(Luke Allen Terry.)
Lowry's Spotlight Theatre
The chauffeur's daughter falls for both wealthy sons in this sparkling romantic comedy.
Previews Friday, February 17 @ 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 18 - Mar. 18
Fri/Sat & Mon., Feb.27 at 7:30.p.m, Sun. at 2 p.m.
$13 - $23
720-530-4596 or www.thisisspotlight.com
The John Hand Theater, 7653 E. 1st Place, Denver, CO 80230