“The Cake” Rises to the Occasion
There are few productions these days — whether on Broadway or in local theaters – that have not had to substitute actors.
Elmwood is no exception. So when Phyllis Lindy, who plays Della in The Cake, tested positive for Covid, the theater faced the prospect of canceling a full weekend of performances. However, actress Marian Felice graciously and bravely agreed to step into the role temporarily. Friday was a whirlwind of fittings with costumer designer Janet Fenton and rehearsals with director Melinda Pinto and actors Tiffany Faulkner, Alexandria Lefkovits and James Sarna. On Saturday and Sunday the show played to full — and very appreciative — houses. While Mariann was assisted by a script onstage, the audience was more focused on the humor and heart of the overall production.
One of the most thrilling aspects of live theater is that each performance is new, unique, and genuine. That was especially true this past weekend. And, thanks to the combined efforts of director, cast, creative team, and crew, one of theater’s most time-honored traditions was upheld. The show did go on. It is not an experience anyone wants to repeat. But nobody who was part of it — onstage or off — will ever forget it!
We are grateful that Phyllis’s case of Covid was brief and mild and that all other cast members continue to test negative. Phyllis is recovered and testing negative, and we look forward to her return in the Thursday, December 1 performance.
Only 3 performances remain for The Cake: Thursday December 1, Friday December 2, and Saturday December 3. Be sure to get your tickets to this outstanding production.