REST ASSURED IS A GREAT SUCCESS Review By Rita Tansey If you missed CTW Teen Company’s production of Donald Payton’s play Rest Assured, you can rest assured that you missed one of the year’s best shows. The story of two fathers struggling over the possible marriage of their children is a perfect example of the power of parental interference to cause chaos and all sorts of crazy behavior. When Mary Morlock and Joe Lanconi announce that they want to get married, their fathers, played by Eric Smith and Ian Cole, find themselves on two different sides of the fence. And neither one plans to give up the fight. Mr. Morlock is a wealthy up-tight business man who thinks that Joe is not worthy of his daughter and Mr. Lanconi is a meat cutter who loves his son, Joe, and thinks that this marriage would be a good one. In the midst of all this arguing, Luigi Lanconi has a heart attack and dies but he can’t rest in peace until his son is safely married to Mary Morlock. He begins to haunt Mr. Morlock who is the only one who can see him. The stress causes Mr. Morlock to take an accidental overdose of sleeping pills and still the feud goes on. Eventually both families, dead and alive, are caught up in the fray. The result is hilarious. The entire cast of this show worked together to make it an example of the perfect ensemble cast. Outstanding performances were given by Eric Smith (Phillip Morlock), Ian Cole (Luigi Lanconi), Erica Renzhofer (Jessica Morlock, the younger daughter of Phillip), and Elizabeth Rosser (Mrs. Morlock). This foursome bounced off each other and made for great entertainment. The rest of this fine cast performed ably; there wasn’t a weak spot in the whole show. Sierra West and Ashley Parsons played the maid and the Morlock attorney, respectively, and both were quite poised in their roles. Andrea Uribe, as Morlock’s secretary, had just the right amount of sarcasm for the part. K. C. Schardt as Mary Morlock and Connor Briggs as Joe Lanconi were charming as the love-birds. The very professional doctor, Dr. Brown, was played by Hannah Renzhofer. Supporting players Amanda Duffee, Elisha Weide and Jodie Barnes did great jobs. Rest assured that this fast paced production had a happy ending and everyone rested in peace. Student producer Ian Cole and student director Erica Renzhofer shaped this wonderful play. Even the prop girl, Abby Bond, did a fine job. Bravo to all who worked so hard to make this an evening of fun and frolic. Congratulations to everyone.