Monday, February 11, 2019

WHOOPSIE DOOPSIE by Carol Kaufman Segal
            Whoopsie Doopsie is a play written and directed by Art Shulman playing at the Lonny Chapman Theatre in North Hollywood.  The play is based on a novel written by Shulman and described by him as ”a wacky, quirky, fast-paced play with eight actors, six of whom play multiple roles, with the set basically consisting only of a number of cubes and a few screens.”
            I suppose that is the best description of it and I could do no better than to add to what amounts to the plot of the play.  It centers on Billy Harrington (Robert Michael Grant), popular, good-looking high school student and son of Professor Gordon Harrington (Brad Kahn, also various male roles) and Molly Harrington (Beccy Quinn and various female roles).  The Professor is a philanderer and his wife is a wacky mom.  So, no surprise when Billy’s life is turned upside down when he gets startling news from girlfriend Joannie (Lavanya Aggarwal) that they have a problem – Joannie is pregnant.
            The entire off-beat play centers on “what should they do?” while Billy’s Dad is having an affair with Joannie’s Mom (Jane Bonham and various female roles) and, who knows, maybe Billy’s Mom is having an affair with Joannie’s Dad (Jody Bardin and various male roles).  It all adds up to just a lot of helter skelter on stage, (or what the playwright calls Whoopsie Doopsie) throughout the play before Billy and Joannie make their life decision.
            Other cast members include Robert Duquaine and Shalonda Shaw-Reese, along with the afore-mentioned cast members, who deserve credit for their performances.
            Whoopsie Doopsie  plays Saturdays at 2 PM, and Sundays at
 7 PM, through March 3, Upstairs at the Group Rep of the Lonny Chapman Theatre, 10900 Burbank Blvd, North Hollywood.  Tickets are available at, or by calling (818) 763-5990.

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