Review: “I Take This Man”

Published 4:35 pm Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Jack Sharkey’s “I Take This Man” is presented by Picayune on Stage under the direction of Gladys Hughes. The play stars Ashley Taylor as Gideon, Bill Rester as Bret, Bonnie Hughes as Aunt Charlene, Link D’Antoni as Dexter, and Jessica Lacour as Officer Jess Keegan. Sid Evans is the announcer and Lorraine Harper is the Stage Manager.

The play is set in a townhouse, in the City Park area of New Orleans, on the day of the Crescent City Classic. Young Gideon, who has had a rough time meeting potential suitors, comes across the perfect man— who just happens to be unconscious, just before the finish line at the classic. She immediately claims the young man as her husband and convinces Officer Keegan to help her get him back to her apartment. This is the beginning of a chain of events which bring laughter and true surprise at the end.

Hughes has assembled a cast of veteran actors to portray the characters in this mystery/comedy who appeal to a wide age range. I found the character of Gideon received lots of giggles and nudges between the teenagers that sat behind me; everyone laughed at the antics portrayed by the actors playing Aunt Charlene and Brett. The portrayals of Officer Keegan and Dexter where very believable. The actors’ impeccable timing in line delivery and reactions were flawless.  

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The play was humorously convincing and delightful to all ages at the preview. Director Hughes does not disappoint in either her casting or direction of the talented ensemble. The set decor and lighting were very effective.

This is my first play to see, under Hughes direction; I eagerly look forward to her next production. It was full of surprises and laughs without being ridiculously over the top. The actors were appealing to all ages and likable. I highly recommend it to anyone wanting an entertaining evening out, either alone or with the family.