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"Blackbeard's Booty"

Reviewed by Tony Annicone

Journey back about 350 years ago when Blackbeard was the scourge of the Atlantic coast and when "booty" had an entirely different meaning, when men were men and so were some of the women. Blackbeard amassed a fortune in his lifetime, but now he is dead and the audience must elect a new king, which pirate will become Pirate King. "Blackbeard's Booty" is a new form of dinner theatre that is interactive and improvised. The show is loosely written and directed by Frank O'Donnell who stars as Sir Francis Drake where he leads his cast of some of the funniest and fiercest pirates to plunder the Seven Seas. This show is bawdy and naughty as well as being a fun evening of entertainment with a delicious dinner served with it.

Frank chose some clever dialogue, innuendoes, double entendres and jokes for his talented cast to tell and he makes each of their characters different from the other. They each have their tale to tell the audience in how they each met Blackbeard and why they should be king. The gorgeous costumes are by Lori Vermilye. As soon as you enter the show, the pirates pick a pirate name for you and Frank takes your photo on a digital camera. A slide show is shown at various times throughout with these photos and others taken during the night. The pirate palace in RI is the state house and some of our earlier pirates included Joe Mollicone, Richard Hatch and Buddy the Rug. Also included is a trip to Gilligan's Island and the top ten things Pirates say that sound dirty but really aren't. A couple of examples are "Permission to come aboard" and "Time to Polish my sword". Each performer gets their moment to shine in this show. Frank is a stand up comic and one of the funniest moments was when he started to tell a dirty joke, spotting a 13 year old boy, David in the audience who was nicknamed King, kept trying to keep things clean because of him, using the boy in many hilarious moments incorporating it into this high energy show. He and his 6 member cast do a topnotch job with this clever show. I don't want to ruin any surprises so I will tell you the names of the cast and their wacky roles. Kim Alessandro plays the busty Katie the Cupboard, who has many different items hidden in her bosom, while Karen DiOrio plays the serving wench, Tempest McFlurry who also does the top ten list. Captain Henry Morgan, a drunken buffoon is well played by John Morris who has many a funny moments relating his story to the crowd, drinking merrily from his whiskey bottle while his trusty navigator, Yahoo is played by Bobby Ricci who wears thick lens in his eyeglasses and carries a sword which he asks the women to rub.The mustached lady pirate, Mary Read is played by Lynn Nadrowski who gets to sing a couple of comic songs, shows how Blackbeard found out how she was a woman which is a hoot while Bill Beatini plays the gay pirate, Thomas Tew from Newport who explains that he is only a businessman. Many funny antics are done with this character.

Not only is the show a hoot but the food is excellent, too.This preview performance was at Stage Right, 68 South Main Street, Woonsocket and the buffet was by Savory Spreads 401-243-7476 prepared by Shelley Whittle. It starts off with salad, chicken in mushroom sauce, roasted broccoli and rice plus miniature brownies for dessert with coffee and tea. So for a wonderful trip back to the days when pirates roamed the Atlantic coast, be sure to catch "Blackbeard's Booty" and enjoy much laughter and merriment during this cold and dreary winter. Like Frank says "All for fun and fun for all".

"Blackbeard's Booty" (23 January - ? ? ?)
NOTFANUTTIN' PLAYERS
Hose Company No. 6, 636 Central Avenue, PAWTUCKET RI
1 (401)722-7220

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