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Theater review: Talented Town & Country Players cast performing in perfect Halloween show

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“Young Frankenstein,” written by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meenan with music and lyrics by Mel Brooks, based on the film written by Brooks and Gene Wilder, is a campy, often outrageously silly musical comedy currently being presented by Town & Country Players in Buckingham.
Playing through Saturday, Oct. 30, it is the perfect Halloween show, and a happy musical to mark the return of live theater for the 75-year-old community performing group in its barn on York Road.
The cast is quite talented, and, while the antics and story are goofy, the acting and singing are terrific. All of the primary performers are skilled at their craft, especially Kevin Palardy playing the leading role of Dr. “Frahkinsteen,” as he pronounces it to distance himself from his ancestors. Palardy is an excellent actor with a fine singing voice, terrific timing and outstanding reactions. Give him an A+ for endurance, too, since he is on stage for 95% of the musical comedy which is a very long production – nearly three hours with intermission.
Aiding and abetting Frankenstein is Adam Zucal portraying loyal Igor who was funny every step, stumble and mumble of the way.
Both Noelle Joy Fiorentino as Elizabeth, young Frankenstein’s second girlfriend and Patricia Curley as Inga, his first love, are nothing short of terrific. Their voices are strong; their acting is splendid, and they are perfect for their seductive roles.
Jennifer Goldberg wowed the audience as Frau Blucher, singing the comedic number about young Frankenstein’s father, “He Vas my Boyfriend!”

Other performers who act, dance and sing well are Jeff Dworkin, Evan Creedon, Caitlin Davies, Jonathan Knapp, Kayla Smull, Hannah Byrne, Jen Feder, Karen Abrams, Joseph Perignat and Dana Joy Carducci, Anton King, Joseph Croft and Jim Palmer.
Thomas (Tommy) Moore is playing his first leading role at T&C as the monster Frankenstein creates. Moore is a big guy … about seven feet tall, it seems, and quite hefty. He perfect for this role, and is happy to intimidate his fellow cast members as he looks down on them from above.
Jessica Briggs has taken on directing this major musical for the first time since being approved for main stage directing and she is also photographer. Mindy Rubinlicht is musical director. Victoria Schultheis is producer, Caity Logan, MD, is producer and Colby Langweiler is choreographer.
The adults-only production continues at 8 p.m. Oct. 29 and 2 and 8 p.m. Oct. 30. Tickets are $25 and can be ordered at townandcountryplayers.org or by calling 800-838-3006.
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