3 stars: Oaklandon directed by Margy Lancet-Fletcher, Civic Theatre
March 19-28A cast of five romps through a zany script with a plot so implausible it actually could happen. You'll roll your eyes, laugh out loud and applaud the unexpected twists and turns of a seemingly clueless female intent upon "bringing home Mr. Right." Playwright Jack Sharkey cranked out a boatload of screwball farces for community theatre and Oaklandon rises to his expectations, convincing us that a policeman actually would carry an unconscious Boston Marathon runner to an apartment and not file a report because a very persuasive woman says "he's my husband and today is our anniversary." Never mind that the man is not actually in running clothing rather, he's in underwear and dress socks and shoes. Of course, everything escalates to an ending even Cinderella couldn't hope for. Krista Searles as Gideon and Tom Meador as Jud make you think that "love at first sight" is alive and well. Kelli Conklin as Charlene and Erin Rhodes as Dexter spar delightfully as the other couple and Jason Plake as Bret is the kind of policeman you wish for when you're doing 50 in a 35 speed zone. Set, lighting and costume designs add to the overall enjoyment. Homemade desserts are available during intermission. It's worth a trip to this historic Unitarian Universalist Church Building with its comfortable seating and a stage with great sightlines.
Tickets: $10. Call 317- 823-4761, ext. 3, or log on www.oaklandoncivictheatre.org.