NY Theatre Guide Review: ‘The Cottage’ at John W. Engeman Theater

The John W. Engeman Theater opened its 2015/2016 season last weekend with The Cottage.  Written by Sandy Rustin, The Cottage is an exceedingly funny new comedy sure to delight.  Taking place in the English countryside in 1923, this uproarious farce is full of secrets, sex and surprises.

The Cottage is a fun and ludicrous romp certain to entertain a variety of ages.

When Sylvia Van Kipness (Rachel Pickup) decides to come clean about her love affair, she does it spectacularly.  While spending a romantic evening with her paramour Beau (Henry Clarke) at his family’s cottage, she decides to inform both of their spouses about their relationship through a telegram.  When her husband Clarke (James Laverdiere) and Beau’s wife Marjorie (Christiane Noll) inevitably arrive, things become . . . awkward.  They, then, graduate to the hysterically ridiculous when the jilted spouses decide to divulge a secret of their own.  Just in case that wasn’t enough entertainment, another lover of Beau’s, Dierdre (Lilly Tobin), arrives on the scene soon to be followed by her potentially murderous ex-husband Richard (Brian Sgambati).  With witty banter, and hilarious situations, The Cottage takes you for an amusing ride through multiple layers of infidelity.

The cast and crew of this fast-paced show, have done an incredible job.  Comedic timing and speed of delivery are crucial in a play of this variety, and the execution is flawless all around.  The charming set by designer Jonathan Collins brings to mind a fairy-tale cottage, while the historical costumes by Tristan Raines add to the allure of a time gone by.  Directed by BT McNicholl, The Cottage is a fun and ludicrous romp certain to entertain a variety of ages.

Running Time: Approximately 1 ½ hrs. including one 15 minute intermission.

Advisory: Sexual themes and situations.

The Cottage is playing at The John W. Engeman Theater in Northport until September 6th, 2015.  The theater is located at 250 Main St. Northport NY.  For tickets call the box office at (631) 261-2900 or click here.

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