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GAZETYE, Friday, March 6 - March 12, 1998 - 67 'Ruthless' cast bares all for S00:,cond Street Players production in March Shades of yesteryear when the shaving cream ads admonished, "Take it off, take it all off:..," this week Dick Pack will heed the call as he prepares to portray Sylvia St. Croix in the Second Street Players production of "Ruthless." This Saturday, he will put him- self in the hands of Drexel Davi- son and his staff at Bad Hair Day? as he submits to being shorn of beard and stripped of hair in alI the places that Miss St. Croix would not tolerate hirsuteness. He will also learn the makeup secrets of the stars as he goes a few steps beyond basic pancake and blush traditionally worn by guys on stage. The show opens Second Street Players' 1998 season March 20, and the state premiere hopes to follow on the high heels of the off- Broadway production that played to sold-out audiences for an exten- sive run in New York City. Show dates are March 20, 21, 22, 27, 28 and 29; tickets are on sale now. The heartwarming tale of a little girl who is willing to kill for the role of Pippi Longstockings, a the- atre critic who is so cruel that she will slash and trash her own fami- ly members and a demure back- stage morn who has talents so well hidden that even she does not know about them, "Ruthless" is as campy as they come. Director Eddie Cohee said that he cast "Ruthless" with an eye to who could not only sing the roles but who could also assume the look and style of silver screen stars of the 1940s with their tongues firmly in their cheeks. He said that his cast may give a whole new meaning to over-the-top. Ap- pearing are Donna de Kuyper, Ann Maloney, Kane Mowrey, Sandra Naumann and Pack. Rachel Silkworth makes her debut as little Tina Denmark. Even the biographies that ap- pear in the playbill carry out the high camp and hi-jinks tone of the show. Cohee admits to doctoring them a little, but he thinks that the audience needs to know the truth about some of the most popular actors in southern Delaware. Some might be shocked to know that Lewes resident de Kuyper is actually in a witness protection program that supplied her with a picture book family and an innocent-appearing job at the Delaware Music School. The crime that she allegedly ob- served has something to do with the infamous Pippi Longstockings and what happens to little girls whose braids are top uppity. Maloney, long a favorite with southern Delaware audiences, ad- mits to making a career out of ju- venile delinquency - whose she won't say. She has finally gone public with some of her other activities such as crashing weddings and bar mitzvahs, where she insists on singing until she is pelted with food to last a week. Mowrey is at last comfortable in a role that showcases her talent, which is nonexistent. The truth is out that all the roles she held as a singer were fake and now she fills her time teaching school children to utilize their own non-existent talents. After appearing in such traditional roles as Henry Higgins, Big Daddy and the "Odd Cou- ple's" Oscar, Pack finally gets to dress the part in "Ruthless." Still smarting from being excommuni- cated from his audition for "Nun- sense II," he feels that his acting career has takeh a turn down a fashionable runway. Silkworth modestly admits to being a star since the age of 2. She has sung at sporting events, school and community productions and at every family gathering where there is not enough food to shut her up. Strangely enough, at each of these productions, her under- study has mysteriously disap- peared. The elusive Nauman is reluctant to share her past experiences with the public, choosing to let her work speak and sing for itself. It is known that she and Barbra Streisand are never seen at the same time. Probably, the only honest blurb in the "Ruthless" playbill is that of Cohee's history. Some people re- ally are born in a trunk. The off-the-wall musical come- dy is aimed to appeal to a broad range of mature audience mem- bers; the play's language includes only the occasional mild expletive of a gentler genre that those used on most of nighttime television. Friday and Saturday curtains are at 8 p.m.; Sunday matinees are at 3 p.m. Tickets are $12; senior citi- zens and students pay a discount price of $11 for matinees only. To order tickets, call 422-0220. Second Street Players' River- front Theatre is at 2 S. Walnut, downtown Milford. The theatre is accessible to people with disabili- ties. EARLY BIRD PASTA SPECIALS $69 5 Daily From 4 - 6 p.m. Subscribe to the Cape Gazette - Call 645-7700 I \\; '"Four Ticket To A Perfect Evening" Locatedjust steps from: Atlantic Theaters" Midway Palace Multi Theater Prompt, courteous service, delicious food and a friendly atmosphere. 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