By Kathy Carpenter
March 19, 2018 (El Cajon) - Grossmont College continues its performances of The Heir Apparent, a French farce by Jean-Francois Regnard that was relevantly unknown in American theatre until David Ives’ adaptation more than 300 years later. The production has been updated it for a modern ear, yet keeping the rules of a French domestic farce::decorum, repartee, rhyming couplets, satire without being condemning, sexually charged characters, mistaken identity, a sometimes macabre tone and doors slamming in faces--everything needed to make things fun.
Director Rob Lufty brought his talent to the table, making the show college friendly and adding elements this future generation of theatre goers would love. They did; laughter permeated throughout the play.
The show takes place in the Spring of 1708 in the Paris house of Geronte on a fabulous set with custom-made costumes. Madame Argante and her daughter had beautiful dresses, adding to the elegance of the piece.
Seven actors brought the show to life. My favorite, Sam McCubbin, played Crispin, a multi-faceted character who shined with the talented McCubbin. Lady Argante, played by Delicia Nieto, brings an attitude found in today's world that makes her sizzle. Eraste, the young hero, is played by Kristian Power. Isabelle, our charming and beautiful heroine, is played by Ashley Carter, a breath of fresh air. Mohammed Alani took on Geronte, the miserly old uncle to Eraste; he made a wonderful old curmudgeon. Lisette, played by Frankie McCutcheon, played the maid. She, Crispin and Eraste hatched the plans and brought the college antics I referred to earlier. The cast rounded out with the lovable Scruple, a very little lawyer, played by Jocelynn Johnson. She did such an amazing job. Hers was not an easy task, played on knees and loved by all.
Come out and support your local college. They need you more than ever as the excavation for the Grossmont College Performing Arts Complex moves forward.
Arrive early, since it is a long walk from the box office. There is a tram that takes you halfway, but it’s still a hike.
If you cannot make this show, mark your calendar for May 10th, the opening of Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure. Everyone loves a mystery.
The Heir Apparent:
March 22, 23, 24 at 7:30 p.m.
March 24 at 2:00 p.m.