6/1/2013 - HCAC: Cahoots, a comedy

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June 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16 2013

@ The Hackensack Cultural Arts Center

39 Broadway, Hackensack, NJ

Directed by Lou Scarpati

"Successfully produced in both London and New York, this outrageously funny comedy with murder brings the problem of big-city crime home with a farcical vengeance. Those involved are two "yuppie" couples who, though obsessed with the dangers of urban living, are hardly prepared for the "crime wave" that they bring upon themselves—and well apart from the feared denizens of the mean streets outside their triple-locked apartments. "It combines rapid-fire dialogue with a farcical plot." —Show Business.

"…diverting comedy with murder…" —NY Times.

The setting is Ken and Jan's apartment in a Manhattan high rise, where Jan and her friend Lois are setting up for a dinner party before attending a block association meeting on neighborhood crime — a subject that has become an obsession with Lois' husband, Al. Filled with witty dialogue and hilarious one-liners, the play manages to maintain a farcical unreality while demonstrating that things usually do get worse before they get better — and that the vaunted dangers of street crime can pale beside the outrageous mayhem that can ensue when four "good friends" get together for a quiet dinner.