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RIPCORD at the Hampton Theater Company

Celebrating its 37th season, the Hampton Theater Company (HTC) offers a hilarious screening of David Lindsay-Abaire Ripcord. The entertaining two-act play appears to be the female version of/response to The odd couple. We follow two very different people who try to make it work when they are assigned as roommates in an assisted living facility. Well, one of them is trying to make it work, anyway. Laughter ensues when they start betting on certain things and the two are, shall we say, competitive.

Running until April 3 in the adorable Quogue Room, the production, the third in their current season, is perfectly directed by HTC vet and chairman of the board, Andrew Botsford.

Leading the superb cast are Laurie Atlas as Abby and Claire Parrella-Curran as Marilyn, both in their HTC debut. Ms. Atlas brings laughs as Abby. Rough, sassy and sarcastic are just some of the terms to describe Abby. But also, it brings heart. Mrs. Parrella-Curran as Marilyn is sunny and positive with a quiet confidence, especially in dealing with Abby. Both women are incredibly brilliant and make a fantastic team.

The rest of the cast is also outstanding, with most taking on multiple roles. A highlight is Matthew Schiavoni of Sag Harbor, who plays Scotty, a nurse at the residence. Mr. Schiavoni is charming in the role and clearly has a great rapport with all the actors.

As part of the smart creative team, Mr. Botsford is also designing the set with Meg Sexton and Ricky Bottenus. The intimate scene remains pretty much the room where Abby and Marilyn live, but the rolling rooms are moved around seamlessly for certain scenes, including a haunted house. You can really use your imagination here, folks. Indeed, this is enhanced by Sebastian Paczynski’s mood lighting. Additional kudos to John Gromada and Seamus Naughton for top-notch sound design.

And so, Ripcord at the Hampton Theater Company is certainly a must as we bring this long winter season to a close. A mainstay of Long Island’s theater community, HTC always puts on some quality shows that don’t come around too often. And this one does not disappoint.

Photo by Tom Kochie