Stage Actors Workshop.
Before presenting this short comic melodrama Saturday night, director Bob Rini instructed audience members (all seven of us) that our involvement was not just welcome but absolutely necessary. Fortunately, I had brought two sons, age nine and 11, who played along like a dream. They booed the villain, a dastardly lawyer trying to drive the heroine crazy, and cheered on the hero, a dashing banker who falls in love with her. Rini didn’t tell us to laugh at the broad comedy routines of the lawyer’s simpleton sidekick Gump and the oddly accented Bavarian housekeeper, but we could not help it. Think Marx Brothers, think Abbott and Costello, think Scooby Doo. Playwright D. Chapelle borrows from the best. It was so very unsophisticated and so very much what we needed. The amateur cast is somehow an asset — a little stage fear perhaps helped Mary Hunt play dumb Gump to wooden perfection. The more seasoned Rick Clark played bad-guy Snitley Wormwood with a welcome Jack Nicholson sleaze. My No. 2 son was so convinced that, when Snitley attempted to escape justice by running into the audience, he pounced upon Clark with gusto. I can’t guarantee that you will enjoy the simple-minded Creeper and its unpolished cast, but perhaps, if you bring the right kids. Note: Child under 12 free with paying adult. Through Oct. 28; 634-9063.