The Cocoanuts

Director
The Cocoanuts

Utah Shakespeare Festival

  • Music and Lyrics by Irving Berlin
  • Book by George S. Kaufman
  • Adapted by Mark Bedard
The Cocoanuts’ » Perfectly paced direction and energetic performances keep this Marx Brothers-inspired show barreling along.

As Melissa Rain Anderson points out in her director's notes, "The Cocoanuts" is a unique hybrid: "The Marx Brothers vaudeville meets farce meets romantic musical theatre meets madcap musical comedy." Anderson adeptly blends these disparate styles by keeping the comedy anchored midway between anarchy and programmed, focusing it on the storyline, such as it is, and maintaining a brisk pace so the audience never gets ahead of the actors....Well-done farce requires discipline and perfect timing, and this production translates them into a very entertaining package.

Barbara M. Bannon
The Salt Lake Tribune

Director Melissa Rain Anderson keeps the multiple plates — I mean plots — spinning to a fare-thee-well, balancing “The Cocoanuts’ ” numerous nutty elements with throwaway ease. But you may be too busy laughing to notice the considerable artistry on display — which is exactly as it should be.

Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal

Shakespeare Festival's 'The Cocoanuts’ is the perfect chaotic summer musical... Director Melissa Rain Anderson said the production is a puzzle, and it was certainly entertaining to watch the actors seamlessly and carefully piece everything together. Anderson said that there are rules to comedy such as timing and freedom. This musical has all of those rules perfectly memorized.

Emily Havens
The Spectrum

Cast: Kathleen M Brady, Josh Durfey, Nicki Elledge, Tasso Feldman, Michael A. Harding, Natasha Harris, Anna Landy, Chris Mixon, Peggy O’Connell, Melinda Parrett, John Plumpis, Jim Poulos, John Wascavage