LALT gets melodramatic

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By Kirsten Laskey

It was not just a hail of applause that showered the cast of the melodrama, “Ten Nights in a Barroom,” there were also peanuts.

The story and the cast gave the audience a lot of enthusiasm to make the theatre rain nuts.

The Los Alamos Little Theatre’s production of “Ten Nights” generated a lot of laughs from a very witty and light-hearted script. Simon Slade (Darryl Garcia) gave up his mill to open the Sickle and Sheaf bar, which attracts a cast of lovable kooks, such as the villainous Harvey Green (Larry Gibbons), the drunk Joe Morgan (Russ Hopper) and the good-natured salon singer Goldie Hills (Betty Wilson).

On top of that, there are can-can dances, songs, a thrilling rescue of a woman in distress and a little romance.

It is pretty impressive what the Little Theatre has been able to accomplish on a small stage. The Little Theatre effectively underwent several transformations from a tavern, to cow pasture, to an ocean pier.

What is even more impressive is the quality of the performances. Everyone is so good that it is hard to mention just a few actors. However, dressed in black and always cooking up evil schemes, Gibbons is excellent as Green. He riled up a lot of merry boos from the crowd and got pummeled with peanuts.

Wilson is incredible as Hills, whether she is belting out tunes or helping to save the day she delivers a lot of laughs and cheers from the audience.

Hopper is a hoot as the poor, drunk Morgan, who tries hard to avoid climbing into the bottle every night but winds up at the bar anyway. Sandra Ward shines as his angelic child, Mary, who strives to save her father from liquor.

What’s even better is that audience gets in on the action. They boo, cheer and sympathize with the actors. Their enthusiasm really enhances going to see the play.

Join the fun by seeing “Ten Nights” for yourself. The show continues at 8:15 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Jan. 16, 17, 23 and 24. Tickets are $12 for general admission and $10 for seniors and students.