On opening night of the British farce “See How They Run,” the Parkside Players offered nine talented performers. Most of them have one thing in common—they are major players in other local production companies.
Rene Bendana, co-founder of Beari Productions, portrays a dastardly Russian spy. Rich Weyhausen, as an impatient British constable has performed and/or directed in more than 100 local shows. Director Malini Singh McDonald and her husband Ian, who plays a delightfully confused cleric in “See…” are co-founders of the ground breaking troupe Black Henna Productions.
W. Gordon Innes who owns one of the most mellifluous voices onstage inQueens, portrays indignant Bishop of Lax. He has an important recurring role as a volunteer reader with Lighthouse for the Blind. Lori Ann Santopetro, who plays the sanctimonious spinster, Miss Skillon, is a familiar face on Douglaston stages and otherQueensvenues.
Dan Bubbeo, who plays the frustrated Reverend Lionel Toop reaches thousands of theater lovers as a writer for Newsday. Lovely Jubilee Figueroa as self absorbed Penelope Toop has fewer credits but many onstage dreams for the future. The same applies for Peter Sullivan, who plays Corporal Clive Winton. Scene stealer Natalie Y. Jones whose cockney accent and hysterical world view as housemaid Ida, won her plenty of laughs is aQueensnewcomer. She has just arrived from the Midwest.
Well, that’s the story. Catch them at the Grace Lutheran Church 103-15 Union Turnpike (at 71st Road) in Forest Hills on weekends through December 3. Call (516) 520-9474 or (718) 353-7388. Reserve online at www.parksideplayers.com then tell us what you think.