Bainbridge playwright brings silliness, insanity of rehearsals to the BLT stage

Published 3:30 pm Friday, August 17, 2018

Photos from a one of only two rehearsals for “A Comedy Evening — A Rehearsal” were taken Thursday evening as the all-star cast ran through their parts.

The concept of the play, written by Henry Intili, is a portrayal of some of the craziness that goes on during rehearsals. There is a written script, but the actors are free to ad lib when they feel like it, as well as indulge in limited audience participation. And, to tell the truth, it is hard to know how much is written and how much is the result of the actors feeding off each other. They are all veterans of the BLT stage, good friends, and have had ample opportunity to work well together in past productions.

It stars Eric Gay as the director of the imaginary play, with Ida Cooksey playing the part of stage manager and also Fifi, an imaginary dog. Kier Klepzig plays Jack Salvatore and Tom Sheehan portrays his neighbor Sarlon Francois – complete with French accent. These two actors work together at Jones Ecological Center, and have appeared together in a couple of Bainbridge Little Theatre shows, including last season’s Brigadoon and Ray Cooney’s “Out of Order.”

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Other familiar faces are Martha Mobley, Krysti Ramer, Megan Wimberly, Kaye Buckhaulter, Hugh McStay and, of course Henry Intili plays himself as the author.

Asked about his inspiration for such an irregular format, Intili replied that when he and his wife Barbara were in London they saw a “rehearsal play” and it was non-stop laughter. That is when he came home and wrote his own rehearsal play.

Admission is $10 per person, and all proceeds go to benefit Supporting Hands of Decatur County, an organization formed by Billy Ward to assist organizations in their fundraising events.

Eric Gay is sponsoring the event, as well as adding to the chaotic, comic mix. The first show was held on Friday, August 17. Curtain time for the last performance is Saturday, August. 18 at 7:30 p.m.