McKeever (with Dimon and Brady): Save it for Summer Shorts.
Written by Michael McKeever. Directed by Joe Warik. With David Perez-Ribada, Tom Wahl, John Felix, Kay Brady, Pat Nesbit, Elizabeth Dimon, Michael McKeever, Suellen Estey, and Autumn Horne. Presented through February 17 at the Caldwell Theatre Company's Count de Hoernle Theatre, 7901 N. Federal Hwy., Boca Raton. Call 877-245-7432, or visit www.caldwelltheatre.org.
This is true of no fewer than five of the nine actors in the show. Kay Brady, Autumn Horne, David Perez-Ribada, and Tom Wahl, along with Nesbit, might as well not even exist as actors. Their characters are so loosely drawn that they can be nothing but fuzzy reproductions of old archetypes. The doddering old woman, the awkward love-struck girl, the skeezy reporter, the dumb-but-well-meaning brute, the put-upon nice guy. Yes, they have the power to entertain, but so what? The funniest thing any of them manage to do is throw a dog over a balcony, and that's never a good sign.
Happily, the other four actors have more to work with. McKeever himself, playing the secretary to diva Claudia McFadden, is a charming Michael Jeter sort of character, cringing through life until at last he works up the chutzpah to take a stand. The divas — played by Elizabeth Dimon and Suellen Estey — are imperious and full of gleeful awfulness. John Felix made out best; he's the only actor who comes out of this looking better than when he went in. As the freaked-out hotel manager, Felix is a great American answer to John Cleese in Fawlty Towers — which, if you're interested, is available in its entirety on Amazon.com for the low, low price of $42.49. That's 12 episodes for only 49 cents more than what Caldwell's asking for one, and you don't even have to get dressed up.