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Laura Jorgensen as Abby and Kate Brickley as Marilyn. Photo by Eric Chazankin
Laura Jorgensen as Abby and Kate Brickley as Marilyn. Photo by Eric Chazankin

A Very Funny Play!

Presented by Cinnabar Theater 

Feb 2, 2020


Wouldn’t you like to know? Ripcord. Photo by Eric Chazankin.If you love theater that makes you laugh out loud, then Ripcord  by American playwright David Lindsay-Abaire  is for you. If you love a production that features a crackerjack ensemble with two “old ladies” in the leads, you’ve got to see this one, currently playing at Cinnabar Theater. It’s a hoot, a knee-slapper, and manages to strum your heartstrings in the bargain— definitely in the Don’t Miss Department.

Laura Jorgensen, Kyle Stoner and Kate Brickley in Ripcord. Photo by Eric Chazankin.

Abby (Laura Jorgensen) and Marilyn (Kate Brickley) have been thrown together in a two-bed room in their assisted living community, and Abby’s not happy about it. She’d prefer no roommate at all, and especially not Marilyn who is decidedly too chatty and upbeat. When being mean doesn’t work, when begging a favor from the room manager doesn’t work, Abby finally pleads with Marilyn to move. 

Marilyn (Kate Brickley) conspires with daughter Colleen (Sarah McKereghan) and son-in-law Derek (Chad Yarish). Photo by Eric Chazankin

No dice, says Marilyn, but she’s game for a bet that will either get her the  better bed in the room or force her to change rooms. The competition is fierce, with both women madly pulling pranks in order to win. The two seemingly will stop at nothing, and as the stunts get wilder, the play gets hilarious. Marilyn’s daughter Colleen (Sarah McKereghan) and son-in-law Derek (Chad Yarish) get into the action, as well as room attendant Scotty (Kyle Stoner). A surprise visitor (John Browning) brings the action to a climax.

Laura Jorgensen as Abby. Photo by Eric ChazankinBut I wouldn’t dare give away any more of the plot, as its juicy twists and turns are marvelous surprises, often eliciting gales of laughter from the audience. The script sneaks in some heart as well, that serves to enhance the overall effect— it’s another winner from a Pulitzer Prize winning playwright.

Jorgensen and Brickley are terrific in the leads, cast perfectly for the two clashing personalities, with great comic skills. The excellent ensemble adds wonderful touches throughout, demonstrating comedic gold. Stoner is an absolute delight as cheeky wanna-be actor Scotty. 

Kate Brickley as Marilyn. Photo by Eric Chazankin.Director James Pelican   mines the script’s comedy and stages the action to maximize the laughs. Brilliant scenic design by Joseph Elwick  is matched by effective lighting design by Wayne Hovey (fabulous projections and use of scrims). Costume design by Donnie Frank  economically makes multiple outfits for each character, and captures personality too. Jared Emerson-Johnson’s sound design subtly enhances, particularly the scenes outside the nursing home.

Only one of the women can win the bet, but it’s a win-win for us, we who get to enjoy a superb evening’s entertainment and leave the theater lighter and happier.

Cinnabar Theater Ripcord PosterRipcord 

By David Lindsay-Abaire. Presented by Cinnabar Theater

Through Feb. 16, 2020

Fri/Sat at 7:30pm, Sun at 2:00pm

Tickets: $20-32; Senior and Student discounts


Cinnabar Theater

3333 Petaluma Blvd. North

Petaluma, CA 94952

(707) 763-8920


Photos by Eric Chazankin 







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