ICTC’s talent for screwball comedies works again in “The Awful Truth”
by Ted Hadley, The Buffalo News
“The Awful Truth,” a comedy written for the stage nearly a century ago by Arthur Richman … is the kind of play that Irish Classical Theatre Company does best. Costumed to the nines, classy set pieces, witty repartee, the sexes doing battle, foolish people, fibs, machinations, love eventually conquering all. ICTC has mastered the formula …
The ingredients are there: Lucy Warriner … she’s also broke and feeling the pinch – is entertaining a rich oil man from Oklahoma … Lucy’s ex-husband, Norman, arrives to reluctantly tout his former mate’s charms … Dan’s has brought a stern, no-nonsense, Wildean aunt along …
These are all earmarks of the cinematic screwball comedy genre of the 1930’s – Clark Gable, Carol Lombard, William Powell, Barbara Stanwyck, Jean Arthur, Cary Grant/Irene Dunne of “The Awful Truth” …
ICTC’s Fortunate Pezzimenti loves this play, so much so that he traveled to one of his favorite haunts, the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, to try to find the script. No luck on that, but an old microfilm copy of the play was unearthed. “The Awful Truth,” on the ICTC’s radar for years, was on its way at last to Buffalo.
Pezzimenti has assembled a handsome cast and they give the story their all: Diane Curley oozes chutzpah as Lucy, with cracks in the armor finally convincingly appearing; Adriano Gatto, as Norman; the evolving Eric Rawski, Zak Ward, Maura Nolan, Marisa Caruso, Chris Kelly – stellar as a one-time Lucy beau – and a true Western New York doyenne, Ellen Horst, complete the cast. Strong ensemble work is an ICTC given.
In the end, “The Awful Truth” charms … marvelously acted, lovingly directed, and long overdue on a Buffalo stage.
3 STARS (out of 4)
Read full review at: http://buffalonews.com/2018/04/24/ictcs-talent-for-screwball-comedies-works-again-in-the-awful-truth/