Treat yourself to “Birthday Suite”

Published 12:40 pm Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Living in Ohio, I often suffered from the “winter doldrums,” brought on by the lack of sunshine and inability to get out and go places in bad weather. That was a motivating factor to move south.

I have not been disappointed with the move until this winter, which seems to be especially dark and gloomy. I have been feeling “sun-deprived” lately, and in serious need of some mood-altering activity.

If anyone else is experiencing similar feelings, I recommend you go see the Bainbridge Little Theatre’s production of “Birthday Suite” this weekend. It is a cure, at least temporarily, for the wintertime blues.

The comedy is expertly directed by Pam Barnes, and filled with fast-paced, clever dialogue delivered by a stellar cast of seasoned actors. There is never a slow or dull moment in the high-energy play that is full of twists and turns, as only English farce can be.

Tallahassee actor Sam Higdon plays Dick, an up-tight psychiatrist who shows up for a computer-arranged first date at a hotel. His facial expressions and demeanor are hilarious from the first moment he comes on stage and throughout the play.

Amy Wells is excellent as Liz, the estranged wife of Bob, hysterically played by Richard Whitehead. Bob is a rather boring civil servant scheduled to meet an unknown lady in the adjoining hotel room. His friend has arranged the “special date” as a birthday gift for him.

A relative newcomer to the BLT stage is Brittany Morrow, who artfully plays the role of Kate, a rather naïve subscriber to a computer-agency dating service. She is scheduled to meet the psychiatrist as her date.

The evening for everyone is confounded by Tony, the hotel’s temperamental Italian waiter portrayed by Thad Nifong. He is always in-character as the bumbling, eager-to-please waiter who inadvertently shows the men to the wrong rooms. That is when the fun and confusion begin.

The show is a laugh-a-minute, and who doesn’t need a bit of comic relief this time of year? “Birthday Suite” fills the bill.

My husband, who is often known for falling asleep when the lights go down, stayed awake the whole show and proclaimed it to be one of the best plays he ever saw on the BLT stage.

The play concludes this weekend. The Friday and Saturday night performances are at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday’s matinee is at 2:30 p.m.

Tickets are available at the door, or can be reserved by calling (229) 246-8345 or by e-mail at bainbridgelittletheatre@gmail.com.

Carolyn Iamon is a news writer for The Post-Searchlight. You can email her at carolyn.iamon@thepostsearchlight.com.