WINDFALL produced roaring laughter and applause throughout the successful return of live Theatrical Comedy to Bay Street Theater. At the end the audience stood and vigorously applauded. WINDFALL is written by Scooter Pietsch and Directed by Jason Alexander. Make no mistake about it, Jason Alexander’s comedic DNA is all over this production. The show centers around an office pooling its resources to try and win a huge lottery. The twists and turns create pure comedy. The show runs until June 19th.
Bay Street Artistic Director Scott Schwartz originally had this production scheduled pre-covid. He knew it was a winner and he is right, Windfall is a big crowd-pleasing winner.
Windfall is produced by special arrangement with John Yonover and Ken Davenport. Once again Mike Billings’ scenic and lighting design stand out.
Every show usually has someone who stands out, the actor’s charisma and talent carries the production.
There were no weak links in this cast. That being said, Spencer Garrett portraying Glenn Brannon actually received a standing ovation after his opening delivery of lines. His gravitas and special physical acting magic spellbound the audience throughout the show. He delivered Scooter Pietsch’s written words as if he wrote them himself. Mr. Garrett had the audience roaring with laughter throughout the whole production right up to the last seconds of the show.
Ro Boddie as Galvin Kidd also captivated the audience with a distinct stage presence. Being Galvin Kidd is a fascinating role in this production and Ro Boddie rose to the occasion producing giggles and outright belly laughs. His star was shining throughout the show.
Then there was the comedic energy of Badia Farha as Kate Reardon. She connected with the audience and created a bond with the audience all throughout the show. She has a “wow!” moment, very powerful.
Abigail Isom’s prowess in the show builds throughout the production, perhaps a technique Jason Alexander employed to show character growth. She has a distinct power using her eyes. The crowd loved her.
Dylan S. Wallach shows lots of range being Chris Hart, the male sex symbol of the production. Mr. Wallach had a touch of endearment with every line along with successful flirting comedic moments. Then he had his moment and delivered a powerful scene.
When Talia Thiesfield made her entrance, the audience took pause. Her role as Jacqueline Vanderbilt is a complicated role which she handled with flair and panache.
Kudos and accolades to Gene Austyn Lucas and Lola Lomas as the “Paramedics.”
Another big winner on opening night was the east end finally being able to see top Broadway talent at affordable prices. For ticket information visit www.baystreet.org