The Bachelors
Reviewed by David Kashimba
Photo by Jeff Thomas

If you’ve always wanted to see a Shakespeare play like Romeo and Juliet but could never get past the poetry and old English language, you should go see The Bachelors now playing at Luther Burbank Center’s Merlo Theatre in Santa Rosa. The Bachelors, written by Fred Alley and James Kaplan, is a modern comic musical for people that never think heavy thoughts like “to be or not to be.”

The musical is about love, hate, revenge and the precarious unbalancing of the time-honored institution of bachelorhood. Stew (J. Anthony Martin) and Jon (Jon Rathjen) are two confirmed bachelors whose perfect pizza and beer lifestyle is threatened by Kate (Sheila Groves), a diabolical temptress who waxes into revengeful acts when she doesn’t get what she wants.

The comic interplay of the sexes echoes some of Shakespeare’s best comedies. But if you watch and listen closely, you’ll find words and scenes taken from Romeo and Juliet and given a very modern and funny twist. Alas there are no daggers or mysterious bottles of poison, but keep your eye on the bad tuna salad waxing in the refrigerator longer than anyone can remember.

There’s a lot of fun entertainment in every scene of this three-actor musical directed and choreographed by Sheri Lee Miller. It represents the first combined effort between Actors Theatre and Santa Rosa Players in a new partnership that should enhance community theatre in Sonoma County.

For tickets or more information call (707) 523-4185 ex 1 or visit www.actorstheatre.com.

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