This cast is stellar both in looks and talent. Chicklet’s side-kick Berdine, played with magnificence by Kristine Bonaventura, is the uber-nerd extraordinaire. She intricately spits out complicated philosophical theories and names, like Nietzsche, as if she had studied them her whole life. Kanaka, super-hot ticket and mentor to Chicklet, is actor Paul Del Signore who plays a surf stud of rugged build and tempestuous nature to a capital “T.” StarCat played by Bobby Hayes certainly has the hair, bod, and sympathetic psychological smoothness to set any teen, or adult indulging in a revisit to teen heartache, swooning, “Oh Frankie!” I mean, “Oh Starcat!” Adam Howard who plays Mrs. Forrest, Chicklet’s mother, trans-forms a character of Hitchcock-ian proportions to cleaver clutching elegance, whether or not he/she can keep her/his wig on. Julia Kershetsky playing Marvel Ann is simply a knockout, does not wipe-out, and rides a wave of conceit and revelry straight into our hearts. Bettina, a Hollywood starlet on the run makes legend of herself when Sydney Wilson takes the role. Provoloney (Dexter Anderson) and Yo-Yo (Eric Evans) keep the gay parade of latent love entanglement sizzling in a scene of unmentionable proportions. Oh, I guess I just did mention it. Well, do go see it for yourself. Rachel Penny and Gavin Whitt round out the cast and keep the beach balls and be-audaciousness bouncing.
The direction of Amanda Sylvester is a divinely summer-soaked centrifugal tsunami that whirls across the stage. She keeps the play and actors rolling and the action is hot, hot, hot. Adding to this summer-camp are clever set creations by Set Designer Ashley Heitzman and web-surfed media projections that sparkle on screen behind actors created by Technical Director James Jackson. Colorful costumes leave just enough to the imagination when created by Costume Designer Kelli Mandruk. All in all, Psycho Beach Party is the event we Philadelphians and East-coasters have been waiting for after a long winter. Touch Me Philly Productions’ of Psycho Beach Party continues its run at The Skybox @The Adrienne Theater through this Saturday, May 10.
Visit their website at www.TouchMePhilly.com for more details and how to book your tickets.