The energy and enthusiasm that Delinda Lynn and Caryn Spaniel bring to their roles in Theatre Rocks! season opener guarantees that they are far more than just “A Coupla White Chicks Sitting Around Talking.”
This two-character comedy written by John Ford Noonan and directed by Bill Rhoten opened last Friday and continues for two more weekends.
Lynn and Spaniel are reprising the roles of Maude Mix and Hannah Mae Bindler, respectively, which they played together back in 2010. Maybe that previous experience helped to quickly secure the level of comfort with which they play off each other — even through some uncomfortable plot points.
Lynn, who has worked as a fashion model and has a long list of acting credits, perfectly assumes the persona of an uptight New York suburban housewife. Maude tries to control and regiment every detail of her life to counterbalance the element she can’t control: her philandering husband, who is currently off on a weekend spree with his secretary. Into this tough day—and Maude’s kitchen—bursts a new neighbor from Texas, played with wild abandon by Spaniel, who is also a seasoned and accomplished actress.
“Welcome to Westchester,” says Maude in the way that “Good morning” can be a dismissal rather than a greeting.
“Already we couldn’t be happier with Westchester County, and we only hope Westchester County can be happy with us,” says Hannah Mae in an exuberant stream of chatter that shows she is determined to be clueless of any attempt to quickly shoo her out the door. Spaniel’s effervescent delivery of Hannah Mae’s lines is charming; it’ll be tough for any audience member not to take a shine to her.
And, indeed, it proves tough for even Maude to keep her walls up in the face of Hannah Mae’s persistent and insistent attempts at friendship. Although Hannah Mae will have to survive a literal knock-down, drag-out floor fight with Maude, the two will eventually bond, cut loose together and join forces against their unseen errant husbands.
Speaking of errant husbands, be aware that this is not a G-rated play. It’s not a lewd adult comedy, but the sexual innuendo and references do place it squarely in the adult comedy camp.
Noonan wrote the play in 1979, and both the Theatre Rocks! set designed by the Kovar family of Ennis and the actresses’ costumes do a great job of taking the audience back a few decades. Little touches like the orange rotary-dial Ericofon and blue shag rug just seal the deal.
“A Coupla White Chicks Sitting Around Talking” runs through Aug. 26 at Theatre Rocks!, located at 505 NW Main St. in Ennis. Performances are 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Aug. 17, 18, 24, and 25, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 26. Tickets are $15 for general adult admission, $12 for students and senior adults. For information or reservations, call 972-878-5126 or visit www.theatrerocks.com.