The Players Guild of Dearborn opened their 90th season with the first of an all Neil Simon series of five shows. (Neil Simon is also 90 this year, hence the connection.) Come Blow Your Horn (Neil Simon’s first play) produced by Chris Boudreau and Loretta Bullock and under the direction of Kori Bielaniec – assistant directed by Marc Walentowicz, starts out this special season with a bang.
The well-rounded cast features Alex Gojkov and Graham Dallas as brothers Alan and Buddy Baker. These two do a splendid job as they unveil layer upon layer of their family’s dysfunction. These gentlemen both have splendid timing and treat the audience to watching their complete transformations (becoming their own polar opposites) as the evening transpires. Mr. Gojkov gives us his usual, masterful performance, never failing to miss a laugh.
Rob Eagal and Sue Delosier as Mr. and Mrs. Baker (the parents of Alan and Buddy) are equally delightful in their characterizations. They both have moments that steal the show and Ms. Delosier’s first telephone sequence is a sublime bit of comedy that is not to be missed!
Rounding out the cast are Jazzmin Sharara and Nicole Harris as Peggy Evans and Connie Dayton respectively. Each of these young ladies give both interesting and entertaining portrayals of women from the early 60s attempting to aspire to something better than they are. Each has moments of hilarity that only heighten the overall fun in this charming show.
Of special note is the well wrought set designed by Rioss Grossman. The sleek apartment interior captures the era beautifully as it evokes the look and feel of the period’s really swinging bachelor pads.
The show’s costumes, hair and make-up (compliments of Inez Hernandez, Jeff Bartos, Julie Ballantyne Brown, Frann Stempek and others) nicely augment the 60s framework of the show. Kudos all around for a nicely served first course of Doc Simon.
(To get tickets for this show – which runs the rest of this weekend and the two weekends to follow – call (313) 561-TKTS or go to the Guild website.