Players of Utica present “Don’t Drink the Water”

Photos courtesy of FX Schram Photography

 

2ndplay

The crew over at Players of Utica has been entertaining us for years now and they are not slacking this theatre season either. Their next production “Don’t Drink the Water” takes place at 7:30 p.m., Sept. 30-Oct. 1 & 7-8; and 2 p.m., Oct. 2 & 9 at their 1108 State St location in Utica. Take a comical journey with an American family that is on vacation and finds themselves in hot water after taking pictures they shouldn’t have.  The picture taking Americans puts them in hot water where they now believe they are spies.  Take the journey with them that is filled with laughter, classic comedy, romance and danger. Tickets are only $20 for adults, $17 for seniors, and $10 for students with a valid ID.  For more information and tickets, visit http://playersofutica.org/

 

 

Plot

14329925_10154562936138385_8211048734360640862_nIn an unnamed European country behind the Iron Curtain, the American Ambassador must leave the Embassy for business. In his absence he places his incompetent son Axel Magee in charge. Almost immediately the Embassy is thrust into a crisis as the Hollanders, an American family of tourists come rushing in on the run from the Communist police. Walter Hollander, the father, had accidentally snuck into a high security area and taken pictures, causing the communists to believe that the family are spies. Axel digs the hole deeper and the embassy is surrounded, leaving the Hollanders trapped.

The parents, Walter and Marion, act buffoonishly and make business at the embassy difficult, especially after Walter insults a high-class Sultan. The family’s adult daughter Susan bonds with Axel, causing him to develop feelings for her despite the fact that she is engaged. After the incident with the Sultan, Axel’s father demotes him and elevates his favor-seeking assistant Kilroy into charge instead. Kilroy almost immediately fixes the problem and arranges an exchange for a communist spy in jail in America. The communist police head Krojack still believes that the Hollanders are spies and confronts Walter. Walter, assuming that he is free, jokingly admits that he is. Kilroy then announces that the exchange has been called off. Krojack plans to increase the hostilities against the embassy. Susan, having recently announced her engagement has been called off, kisses Axel to Walter’s horror.

Though there are now riots outside the embassy, Walter is much more concerned with Axel’s and Susan’s relationship. Axel and Susan come up with a plan to escape by using a party in the Sultan’s honor as a cover while Father Drobney, a priest who has been hiding in a small room in the Embassy for six years, works out the details. Walter is given a gun for the escape and accidentally shoots and wounds Kilroy. During the party Walter and Marion go through several problems, mainly due to a number of revelations or near-revelations of their own secret identities. Upon finally making it out, Walter accidentally shoots someone again—it proves to be Axel’s own father. The escape appears to have failed till Axel discovers that the Sultan and his wife are still in the house. Disguising Walter and Marion as the couple, they plan to continue with the original escape. As for Susan, Axel plans to give her diplomatic immunity as the wife of a diplomat: himself. Walter and Marion escape as Father Drobney marries Axel and Susan.
This comedy has many such ironic characters as the slightly crazy chef, unpleaseable Walter, and Axel Magee himself, being notorious for ineptitude and bungling.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don%27t_Drink_the_Water_(play)

 

 

Cast
14369933_10154562936598385_5151144816514959681_nAxel MaGee – Michael O’Brien
Father Drobney – Randy Fields
Mr. Walter Hollander – Joe Schmidt
Mrs. Marion Hollander – Cathy Mosher
Miss Susan Hollander – Diaka Kaba Hill
Kilroy – Carrie Bostick
Ambassador Magee – Rachel Hasenauer
Krojak – Deborah Martin
Miss Burns – Deanna Castro
The chef – Ryan Mason
Sultan of Bashir – Mark Hanna
Sultan’s Wife – Dawn Peck
Countessa Kasner – Kim Darling
Countess Bordoni – Alexis Carey
Krojack’s Assistant/Guard – Paul Stern
Party Guests: Kara Buttermore, Carl Mahanna and Andrew Zampa

 

 

Photos courtesy of FX Schram Photography

 

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