All Because of Agatha
Directed by Agnes Mangus
Through July 23
A lovely house in Salem that never stays occupied more than a year is at the heart of All Because of Agatha. A witch with an aversion to Latin, while burning on the stake almost 300 years ago, cursed herself into a yearly appearance to rid herself of the house’s current inhabitants. If she can’t get the people out of the house, she is stuck on Earth, missing out on her bridge game with Mark Anthony. But she never counted on those with a craze for the occult; it’s a stand-off between witch and tenants when the O’Haras move in.
Epilogue Players’ production of the comedy brings a whole host of entertaining characters to the stage. In addition to Agatha, poshly played by Beverly Gray, we have the O’Hara couple: Duff, played by Jeff Roby, a skeptic who caves to the whims of his snobbish wife, Joan, played by Windi Hornsby. They buy the house Agatha haunts, and in preparation for her annual appearance, decide to throw a party. In attendance is the Joisy-speaking Ethel, played by Wendy Kochert, in one of the funniest performances in the show; eccentric Aunt Thelma, Cheryl Fesmire; the nosy reporter Flip, Andy Brand; the self-proclaimed medium Madam La Solda, Susan Townsend, who is also a highlight; and the bow-tie-sporting Dr. Randolph, Bill Becker, who, along with Kochert, gives the show an extra comedic punch.
Granted, the show is too long due to script chattiness, and director Agnes Mangus could have sped up some slowly paced scenes (two intermissions could have been pared to one), but overall the play is lots of fun, and the cast as an ensemble does great work. The set is lovely — Epilogue almost always has the most beautiful sets — thanks to Gray and Mangus.
For $8, you can’t get this kind of a bargain anywhere else in town, with quality that is well worth shelling out more for.
All Because of Agatha continues through July 23 at Epilogue Players, on the corner of 19th and Alabama. Call 317-255-2994 for reservations, which are recommended — Saturday night saw a sold-out house"