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And Miss Reardon Drinks a Little
And Miss Reardon Drinks a Little
Corn Stock Winter Playhouse
December 4-5 & 10-13

By Erika Evans



Corn Stock Winter Playhouse presents And Miss Reardon Drinks A Little on December 4-5 and 10-13. The name may lead you to believe it is a comedy, one that conjures up images of a drunken family member or an embarrassing moment that is better left forgotten. While there is plenty of foul-mouthed comedy all throughout the show, there is plenty of painful drama to partner it.

The stage is set like a house, one that obviously has an old style to it. With faded chairs, couches, and doilies on the tables, it makes one think of grandmother’s house. That is not far from the truth as you soon learn that it is the house of Catherine, Anna, and Ceil’s mother who has passed away. While the sisters are still dealing with the passing of their mother, they are obviously still haunted by the events of their childhood. In seconds it is revealed that the sisters are not close by any means. While all three women are in the education system, they seem to have nothing else in common. Throughout the show small portions of their past are revealed, and those are the events you try to match to present day personalities. It is a show that provokes thought on life and relationships, and how everything must ultimately change over time.

Catherine (Cindy Hoey) gave a performance that will leave you confused, laughing at her language but trying to figure out what she is truly thinking underneath the tough façade. Anna (Belinda Calvert) gave a compelling performance as the sister who is falling apart, her mood swings change so swiftly it is hard to tell what she has and hasn’t done. Ceil (Helen Engelbrecht) is so straight-laced compared to the other two that it will make you sit up straight in your seat. She is obviously a force to be reckoned with, but is having trouble facing her family. Fleur Stein (Cathy Sutliff) is one of those people we all know, looking to climb the corporate ladder however she can, with a sweet façade on the outside. Bob Stein (Gene Bourke) was great as her husband, and also the man that says everything you should not in a situation. Gene had to step into this role at the last minute and did excellent considering the pressures that come along with that. Mrs. Pentrano (Ann Rowbotham) is only on stage for a small portion, but does very well reacting to Catherine and setting up the story for the rest of the show. Delivery boy (Gardner Brown) gives a little bit of a shock, and shows us why two of the three women are starting to resent children.

And Miss Reardon Drinks A Little is a show of reflection, family, and how that can have different meanings to different people. Performances continue Thursday - Saturday at 7:30 pm and Sunday at 2:30 pm.  Tickets are $10 for adult and $7 and are available at the Corn Stock Box Office, by calling 309-676-2196 or online at
www.CornStockTheatre.com 

Posted on December 6, 2015 

 
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