WHS to present ‘Chicken Every Sunday’
Between Jim Blachman’s get-rich-quick schemes, Emily Blachman’s desire to hold onto the remnants of the Old South, and the goings-on of the boarders, there is never a dull moment at the Blachman home.
Set in Tucson, Ariz., circa 1916, Washington High School Drama’s presentation of ‘Chicken Every Sunday,’ a Broadway play by Julius and Phillip Epstein, based on a novel by Rosemary Taylor, chronicles the daily lives of the people living in what appears to be one of the last of the old southern mansions. Laughs come easily as the story twists and turns around the lives of the many people who are taken in as boarders for the money while Jim Blachman is waiting for his latest business venture to come to fruition.
Jiovanni Tapia and Stephanie Barnes steal the show as Jim and Emily Blachman. The pair shows great chemistry as the constantly bickering couple – with Emily as an aging Southern belle who takes on boarders – more and more of them - to support her husband’s financial fumbles, and Jim’s constant boasting of his business accomplishments despite his shortness of funds.
The play opens with Lauren Carter as Mrs. Lawson, the overbearing mother of Jeffrey Lawson, played by Kyle Basten. The two have rented a room at the manor while vacationing in Arizona. Tenants Miss Gilley, played by Kaytlyn Christner and the mysterious Miss Willard, played by Lynette Kennedy, are shown in the parlor. Housekeeper Evie May, played by Amber Linnenkamp, soon arrives.
Katelyn Zieglowsky and Mallory VanWinkle are soon introduced as the Blachmans’ children, Ruthie and Rosemary. As Ruthie works to sell wildflowers as a way of supplementing her father’s lack of income, Rosemary is fawning over her latest beau, Harold, played by Kendon Hanson.
The latest boarder Sally Lynch, played by Johannah Vittetoe, obsessively bathes and uses the latest beauty creams throughout most of the play while coach driver Clem, played by Cale Rausch, has eyes for her. Mr. Robinson, played by Matt Bump, has distinctive footfalls throughout the play. Devin Parker as old-timer, Jake, and Allan Raymundo as Eagle, an American Indian, complete the boarders.
As the play progresses, Rita Kirby, played by Mary Kate Horak — a woman on the run from her tycoon ex-husband, played by Joey Beam — is added to the mix, as is Rita’s somewhat senile mother, Milly Moon, played by Caitlin Yeggy.
The cast is completed with Kendon Hanson as Harold and Ian Stakland as the Rev. Wilson.
Performances of the play will be held at 7:30 p.m. April 19 and 20 at the Washington Community Center.