I'LL BET YOU'LL EXIT LAUGHING by Barbara Biddison
On Wednesday night I saw a "next-to-final dress rehearsal" for this Hamilton-Gibson comedy called EXIT LAUGHING There were 4 of us in the chairs that we hope to have filled on Friday night. My favorite
comments from two of them when the show was over were variations on "Now, that was funny!"
The three bridge-playing women have been gathering together for years and they have come together to mourn the loss of the fourth She's gone , but her ashes have arrived and somehow found their way to the house where the foursome played together. We don't know what the fourth member was like, but we soon see how different the other three are. It makes for lively and crazy interactions .As well as for wondering how the deceased woman's ashes got there, and what to do about it.
There is also the daughter who lives in that house, and she makes it clear that her lovelife is in shambles and there is no hope for her to ever have any kind of guy and everything is ruined! Then in walks a
fellow who has taken on a pretty unusual job in order to earn money for his very ambitious future plans. These five carry the show with the help of a cat that we never see and one dead person's ashes.
Now I'm just assuming and hoping that we'll have a fine night for opening on Friday and that this wonderful cast can play to a full house. I plan to be there. I should also mention that HG has gone
back to two Sunday matinee shows instead of just one. I think I'll see it again on the second Sunday just to see what it's like, and because I like to see shows twice. This is a fine cast. It's been a while since we have seen Natalie Kennedy,, and it is a pleasure to see Deb Sawyer back on the HG stage again. And a couple first-timers too. I encourage all to step out for an evening of good humor.