Starlight Dinner Theatre was packed and the meatloaf was tasty (with mashed potatoes, mixed veggies, salad, rolls.) The show was as sweet as the desserts, a 1950-ish chestnut, contrived but cute, featuring a veteran cast of crazy characters, both inside and outside of the mental institution where Mrs. Savage (the talented Eve Davidson) is committed by her conniving, greedy children (Adam Bright, Jay Hansor, and Colleen Patton.) Of course, "they get theirs" and just how it happens — aided and abetted by Mrs. Savage's loony new best friends — takes us for a meandering ride. Laura Croff Wheaton's energetic performance gleans the most laughs as the manic, childlike Fairy May. Each "crazy person" is a likable soul deserving of Mrs. Savage's help (Laura Potter, Dave Sincox, Greg Pratt, and the formidable Jan Ross) Dan Pappas and Sarah Hauck inject a note of sanity and a surprise or two. In his note, Director Harlow Claggett praised the script for its "compassion, kindness, joy and laughter." Continues Fridays and Saturdays through March 16 at Waverly East Intermediate School, 3131 W. Michigan Ave, Lansing (east of Waverly; enter on the east side of the building) Dinner 6:30 - show 7:30 --RESERVATIONS REQUIRED for dinner - ($33/$28 seniors 62+) but you can get "show only" tickets at the door for $15. (517) 243-6040 www.starlightdinnertheatre.com
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