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Carpenter Square Theatre presents 'The Last Romance'

Carpenter Square Theatre presents Joe DiPietro's “The Last Romance.”
Published: December 7, 2012

No less crucial to the geriatric love triangle was the performance of Vicki Wilcox as Ralph's “kid sister,” Rose, only in her mid-seventies! Wilcox found the comic qualities of her character and made Rose surprisingly sympathetic, as she clung to Ralph and the hope that her husband, who ran away 22 years before, will come back.

This despite the fact that Rose was in many ways a “sister from hell,” cooking and cleaning for Ralph, but also trying to control and keep him from finding happiness, with an almost perverse delight.

Wilcox will alternate in the role of Rose with Laurel Van Horn Jaworsky, as will Hall in the part of Carol with Kitty Fisher.

Witty, warmly appealing and briskly paced, with just enough surprises at the end, including a cameo by an actual dog, there was almost nothing not to like about Carpenter Square's “The Last Romance.”

Directed by Doobie Potter, with a set constructed by Caleb Schnackenberg, the production is highly recommended.

— John Brandenburg