Denise Manzagol's Review of THE FACTS OF LIFE: THE LOST EPISODE

The Facts of Life: the Lost Episode will make your wine glass sing
By Denise Manzagol

The Facts of Life: the Lost Episode, boasts a sold-out run in 2008, is back by popular demand.
It opened on July 14 and will play Saturdays – Mondays for an exclusive five week run at the Ringwald Theater.

This adult-themed parody of the 1980’s sitcom by the same name features the same talented all-male cast from the 2008 production as the girls from the fictional Eastland School, an all-female boarding school in Peekskill, New York.

The stage play kicks up the intensity several notches for romping good summer fun complete with exaggerated characters and at times raunchy dialogue.

Like the theme song, the Eastland girls – wearing neatly pressed uniforms and lipstick- take the good with the bad when they receive news that budget cuts are threatening their bawdy housemother Mrs. Garrett’s (Joe Bailey) job.

The rebellious Blair, wearing a bleach-blonde Farrah Fawcett styled wig (Richard Payton), tough tom-boy Jo sporting an attitude as obvious as a five-o’clock-shadow (Jamie Richards), bordering on eating disordered sweet –toothed Natalie (Joe Plambeck) and sassy Tootie (Jerry Haines) brainstorm money making ideas from bake sales to talent shows.

With only two weeks to fend off the evil headmaster (Joe Plambeck), the girls are determined to do whatever it takes.

Sex depraved Blair blurts out a solution.

Edna’s Edibles, Mrs. Garrett’s gourmet food shop, is turned into something mother would not approve of, the girls’ beloved dorm morphs into a brothel; and, hence the lost episode is “The Best Little Whorehouse in Peekskill”.

From the moment the theater lights went on, Jamie Morris’s script, the actors’ energy and timing along with Joe Bailey’s direction had the audience wide-eyed, rolling with laughter, and begging for more.

As Mrs. Garrett said in her husky, sing-song fashion, “It will make your wine glass sing.”

Show Details: The Facts of Life: the Lost Episode continues at the Ringwald Theater, 22742 Woodward Ave., Ferndale through August 13. Saturdays and Mondays at 8 pm and Sundays at 3 pm. Saturday performances at $20, Sunday $15, and Monday $10. Tickets may be purchased online or at the box office which opens 45 minutes before performances.