Carl Ritchie has trained the good people of Columbia County and vicinity to turn up at the Lighthouse Marina every summer for a nice dinner and an hilarious evening of theatre. I don’t live anywhere near Copake Lake, and I’m hooked! Something about arriving at that glorious lakeside on a warm summer’s evening just does it for me.
And so did this show. The REAL (Desperate) Housewives of Columbia County Musical! (henceforth referred to as Housewives to save my poor fingertips all that typing) is even funnier than Ritchie’s 2009 Taconic Stage hit I Know I Came In Here for Something – which I understand is currently on the boards in Vegas! – and boasts a splendid cast of beautiful, talented women “of a certain age” – I like to call them “vintage,” like a good wine that improves with age – who can sing and deliver a gag with equal aplomb.
Ritchie has written a boffo script and lyrics and the ladies deliver the goods. Joanne Maurer has designed a parade of gorgeous outfits that range from refined to racy, with a little frumpy and silly thrown in for good measure. Wayne Moore’s music isn’t memorable, but it is singable and bounces right along. I loved how most numbers began with a cheerful flourish on the piano by Musical Director John Moran to establish the key for the singer(s) and let us know we were in for another great song.