Brevard Little Theatre Presents World Premiere
Coming Back to Jersey
A Review by
(The Transylvania Times, Brevard, NC, Monday, June 2, 2008)
Brevard Little Theatre is currently presenting the world premiere of “ Coming Back to
Jersey,” a frothy little comedy by Carl L. Williams, winner of BLT's 2007 Play-Writing
Competition. Gene O'Hare, as the director of this play, has probably pulled as much
substance as it's possible to get out of the script.
The Morrison Playhouse “black box” theater at Brevard College's Porter Center is a
perfect venue for this play. The simple-looking but very clever set design is among
the best that I have seen in a BLT production, and the stage lighting is excellent. In
fact, all technical aspects of the show are very good. Accolades should go to Mark
Henry, the set designer, as well as to Gene O'Hare, the producer, and the entire
The play's story revolves around Howard Karchmer, an aging tailor who seeks respite
from his stale marriage and boring life by fantasizing about a romantic life that he will
never have. His wife becomes suspicious and recruits a lady friend to make a play for
Howard to test his fidelity. Well, one thing leads to another as Howard becomes wise
to his wife's schemes and seeks revenge.
Witnessing the scandalous behavior of the parents are their only child, Louise, and
her boyfriend, Freddy Zuckerman.
Veteran BLT actor Joe Narsavage, with his usual energy and bravado, gives his all to
the character of Howard Karchner. Likewise, June Stacy, shows her acting strengths
as Howard's wife, Norma.
Chris Yaxley is very forceful as the seductive lady friend of Norma's, Dorothy Armfield
(what man could resist her?!). This is a type of character that Yaxley has played
more than once in the past, and she is very, very good at it.
One of the bright spots in the play is the character of Louise Karchmer, the daughter,
deftly played by Lynne Warner. She is a welcomed spirit in this role.
Andre Bell makes his BLT debut in the role of Freddie Zuckerman, the somewhat
clueless, but always deferential and polite boyfriend of Louise Karchmer.
Finally, one of the good things that happens to resolve all the conflicts in the play is
the appearance of Sidney Hersch, who wants to develop a new relationship of his
own. Doug Huth handles this role in his always competent manner.
To the playwright's credit, the play is very tightly woven, and runs only an hour and 45
minutes including an intermission.
If you are looking for a non-fattening dessert to top off a pre-theater champagne
dinner out, this light, fantastic play might just fit the bill.
Performances continue this weekend at the Porter Center's Morrison Playhouse on
the Brevard College Campus. Friday and Saturday shows are at 8:00 pm and a
Sunday matinee is at 3:00 pm. This is an adult comedy, and although there is no
salacious language or depiction of sexual situations, it is not really suitable for
children. For ticket information and reservations call 828 884-2587 or drop by the
BLT Ticket Office at 321-1/2 South Caldwell Street, behind the Transylvania
Community Art Center. Ticket Office hours are Thursday and Friday from 10 am until