The cast of “Bermuda Avenue Triangle” playing through Feb. 26 at Early Bird Dinner Theatre in Clearwater.
CLEARWATER – The Early Bird Dinner Theatre recently opened “Bermuda Avenue Triangle” written by Joe Bologna and Renee Taylor.
The production will run through Feb. 26 at 13355 49th St N., Clearwater.
The price for buffet and show is $36 including tax. Matinees are presented Thursdays and Saturdays, 11 a.m. Evening performances are Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 4 p.m.
Early Bird’s cast is led by director James Rayfield. The talented ensemble includes Kevin Bangos, Tracy Borgatti, Donna Donnelly, Kagey Good, Tim Guerrieri and Georgia Kosloski. Borgatti also will provide pre-show entertainment and Stephen Bell will serve as stage manager.
This outrageous comedy by the authors of “Lovers and Other Strangers” and other uproarious hits starred Nanette Fabray and the authors on Broadway. It concerns the adventures of a Jewish widow and an Irish widow whose successful daughters move them to Las Vegas, where they share a retirement village condo.
On an excursion, they are saved from a mugger by a charming if not quite sober gambler who is short on cash. They allow him to curl up on the living room floor and he manages to sweet talk his way into both ladies’ beds. Each situation is rife with the outrageous, excessive comedy that endears these playwrights to audiences everywhere.
It is the first show James Rayfield has directed at Early Bird.
“The more we work on the ‘Bermuda Avenue Triangle,’ the more I realize that it was written by two actors who know something about comedy and what makes a play work,” said Rayfield in a press release. “Renee Taylor and Joseph Bologna are well known separately, but when they combine their talents on a stage play, they really shine.”
According to Rayfield, lots of comedies have laughs provided by jokes, but they don’t always make for a tight script that moves things forward with interesting characters and crazy characters that they audience will love.
“It is great to be working at the Early Bird Dinner Theatre for the first time,” Rayfield continued. “And I am very lucky to have a cast of veteran performers, many of them known at Early Bird and some appearing here for the first time. The entire cast is really behind this script. For the actors and me the challenge is to bring the play to life, make it as funny as possible, and still make it about believable characters.”
“Bermuda Avenue Triangle is just hilarious” said Susan Fletcher Lyons, producer. “From the first time I read it I knew it was a great fit for our talented ensemble and our patrons would just love it. It has the physical comedy we are known for and is a bit scandalous. It reminded me of the old TV show ‘The Golden Girls.’”