The Royal Family

The Royal Family

The Royal Family

Mad Cow Theatre

We say theater is all about the words; and this show is jam packed with words. A century ago theater and its actors stood atop Celebrity Mountain. And in 1928 the Cavendish family stood taller than anyone else with lives confused beyond any mere mortal could capture on a page. Matriarch Fanny Cavendish (Young) isn’t ready to retire, but her heart doctor says otherwise. She’s looking for granddaughter Gwen (Mansoori) to step in the footlights next, but Gwen’s dating the rich and dashing banker Perry (Anthony Pyatt). Their love is strong, but Perry works 8 A.M. to 5 P.M. while Gwen works 8 P.M. to 5 A.M. and that makes dinner hard to pull off. Her mom Julie Cavendish (Fisher) ranks as the current alpha female; she debates remaining stage or running away to East Puckkabrush, Argentina with fabulously wealthy emerald tycoon Gil Martin (Stephen Lima). Tough call, and I’m glossing over the details. There’s a full PHD thesis here just looking at the plot, never mind the text.

But “How did it go?” you may ask. And I say, “thank you for asking.” It went FAST. Everyone talked double time, biting off the lines of whoever spoke last. There’s a good bit of sword play; Julie’s brother Anthony Cavendish (St. John) suddenly appears; he’s on the run from a Hollywood director he attacked and he’s looking for a quick European trip. When he’s not emoting, he’s sword fighting with doorman and family trainer (Zack Roundy) and its not bad fighting. Off on the side we have the déclassé in-laws Herbert and Kitty Dean (Brian Chambers and Marylin McGinnis) plugging projects that will never happen, and as genuine fake snow falls outside the windows the maid and longsuffering house keeper (Kate Thomas-Denson) struggles to feed and please everyone.

There’s a wordy but funny story here, and it not until sat down to type tonight I realized how much action fit into this two-act project. I loved everyone as they competed to out act each other, and the dynamic of a proud family on the edge of a precipice they can’t see adds a touch of impending heartbreak. It’s a wordy show, and one worth talking about.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with *

Recently on Ink 19...

  • Alonso Ruizpalacios
    Alonso Ruizpalacios

    Generoso speaks with director Alonso Ruizpalacios, whose dynamic new feature, A Cop Movie, utilizes a unique and effective hybrid documentary style to examine police corruption in and around Mexico City. A Cop Movie was the winner of the Silver Bear for Outstanding Artistic Contribution at the 2021 Berlin Film Festival.

  • Sarah McQuaid
    Sarah McQuaid

    The St. Buryan Sessions (Shovel and a Spade Records). Review by Bob Pomeroy.

  • Hearty Har
    Hearty Har

    Radio Astro (BMG). Review by Julius C. Lacking.

  • Junkwraith

    A young woman abandons a promising skating career only to be chased by her inner demons.

  • The Slackers / Sic & Mad
    The Slackers / Sic & Mad

    Love I Bring /Cat Prozac (Split 7 inch single on). Review by Bob Pomeroy.

  • The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
    The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

    An adaptation of a classic horror story safe for little eyes.

  • Nosferatu

    A classic horror tale ends up some place weird.

  • Self Taught
    Self Taught

    Over a ten-year period, punk guitar legend Tim Kerr and his wife Beth used thrift store cameras to document self-taught artists environments. Combined with portraits of the creators, Self Taught is a celebration of artistic spirit.

  • New Music Now 002
    New Music Now 002

    In NMN Episode Two, Ink 19’s Pat Greene picks the soothing, balm-like brain of old friend Matt Gorney (The Civic Minded Five, Jazz in the Bible Belt on WPRK, 91.5 FM, Winter Park, Florida) as the two discuss the album Promises, from Floating Points, Pharoah Sanders, and the London Symphony Orchestra.

  • Fun Home
    Fun Home

    A small town funeral director hides a not-so-big secret.

From the Archives