A hapless nobody (played by Jeffery Mills) comes to town and is mistaken to be the government inspector. The town showers him with loans (bribes) and attention and he thinks it’s just because they like him (as he reveals when he speaks directly to the audience). The Mary Moody Northen Theatre is a theatre in the round, so it feels natural for the characters to break the fourth wall. It is the dialogue to the audience that results in some of the biggest laughs of the show.
Mills plays his character perfectly and the entire cast is hilarious. Michael Stuart portrays the mayor as a bumbling fool whom we all laugh at. Meridith McCall as the mayor’s wife is brilliant as the pushy mother encouraging her daughter to seduce the inspector in order for her daughter to obtain success and status. . Matt Buzonas, the postmaster, casually mentioning how he reads everyone’s mail cracks the crowd up every single time he nonchalantly mentions it. All the students in the performance are excellent. This definitely wasn’t an amateur student show. It was a professional production worthy of great praise.
Catch She Loves Me next at Mary Moody Northen Theatre starting on April 7th!