'I Take This Man' pokes fun at finding Mr. Right
Gresham Little Theater play runs Oct. 20-29 at Knova
What if you were a woman who longed for Mr. Right and then found Mr. Right There?
Thats the premise of I Take This Man, a farcical comedy by Jack Sharkey that challenges the meaning of the expression finders, keepers.
A woman named Giddy finds an unconscious man on the sidewalk during the Boston Marathon and decides to help him by asking a police officer to help her take her husband home. Giddys reasoning for her Good Samaritan act is hilariously convincing, but youll have to see Gresham Little Theaters production to find out just how far her deception will go.
The local troupe presents I Take This Man at 7:30 p.m. Thursday to Saturday, Oct. 20-22; Thursday, Oct. 27, and Saturday, Oct. 29, at Knova Learning Center, 740 S.E. 182 Ave. Tickets are $8, $5 for students and seniors. For more information, visit greshamlittletheater.com.
Beaverton resident Ella Nelson-Mahon plays Gideon Giddy Hollis, a young woman who has been unsuccessful in love so far so she has a bit of a skewed view of relationships. Nelson-Mahon adds that Giddy sets her sights on her unconscious paramour because he finished last in the marathon, and since nice guys finish last, he must be Mr. Right.
The most challenging and also the most enjoyable thing about this character is figuring out all of her complexities, Nelson-Mahon says. I didnt want to play her as just delusional or dumb. Theres more to her than is apparent on the surface.
Gresham resident Heidi Miller plays Police Officer Judy Keegan, whose naive outlook parallels Giddys.
My character is so willing to see the good in everyone, Miller says. Shes almost unwilling to see that theres something going on.
Millers sister Holly Miller plays the nurse Charlene Lockwood, who is engaged to Dexter Clayton and living with Giddy.
She thinks what Giddy is up to is absolutely absurd and is worried that theyre both going to be going to jail, but she ends up embracing that fact and just drinking the worry away, Holly says. I think part of her secretly wants to see how far all of this can go.
Holly adds that its fun playing a character with so many seemingly contradictory impulses.
Shes rational and tries to point out all the ways Giddys plan wont work, but then shes also willing to help her friend with her scheme instead of blowing Giddys cover.
On a more practical level, she says, playing Lockwood offers a particular test of her skills.
Its interesting pretending to be drunk when youre absolutely sober!
All three actors agree that I Take This Man is nonstop laughs.
I think the audiences will enjoy how lighthearted and quick-paced the show is, Nelson-Mahon says.
Theres a lot of moments where youre just marveling at how Giddy could do what she did, but then theres also a very sweet moment in the second act, Holly adds. You end up rooting for Giddy and her outrageous plan.
This play is ridiculous, Miller says. I think people will enjoy coming to it, and have a lot of fun.