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72 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, March 13 - March 19, 1998 Gritty, but glamorous play 'Ruthless!' goes to camp All in the name of art, and all in good fun to boot, Dick Pack was shaven and shorn and appropriate- ly painted for the part of Sylvia St. Croix in the Second Street Play- ers' production of "Ruthless!" The show opens Second Street Players' 1998 season on Friday, March 20, and Eddie Cohee, di- rector, said the musical comedy is so high camp that you can't see the top from here. With a nod of approval to his cast, he said that each actor has as- sumed a good-humored, styled ap- proach to his or her caricature character. "These characters are written to be played over-the-top, and that is just where my actors are, way up there," Cohee said. "And what is amazing is that we have a 10- year-old girl who can match these adults camp for vamp." The 10-year-old, Rachel Silk- worth, plays an aspiring child ac- tor who will go to any length to secure a part. Some of her methods include sending rivals to the end of a length of a jump rope. However, her cosmetic adapta- tions do not match Pack's. Some sausage curls and ingenue rags are about all that is needed for Silk- worth to assume the persona of lit- tle Tina Denmark. Cohee said her strong singing voice and steely gaze carry the rest. For Pack, getting into character and learning how to look "Sylvia St. Croix" has taken weeks of re- hearsal and the better part of one afternoon at Bad Hair Day? Once the trademark beard was gone, Drexel Davison and his staff start- ed to work from the ground up. A good, long foot soak preced- ed a pedicure. A manicure fol- lowed, and finally a facial set the scene for the makeover. All along the way to becoming pretty enough for the proscenium, re- freshing drinks, soothing music and healing touch eased the way. By the time make-up artist Bob- bi Sade began to stroke on shad- ows and liners, Pack was putty in her hands. With his wig firmly in place and wearing the appropriate amount of animal prints, he had to admit that he liked the look of Sylvia St. Croix. However, aside from the strain of having to tolerate being the pampered center of attention for hours, he thinks the time required to gain glamour might not be worth it on a daily basis. Second Street Players are per- forming a premier production of "Ruthless!" in Delaware. The show had an extensive off-Broad- way run and played successfully in such theatre capitols as Los An- geles, Chicago, San Francisco, Honolulu, Sydney and Tokyo. And now, Milford. "Ruthless!" was reviewed fa- vorably in a variety of publica- tions, including the "New York Post," "Variety" and "The New York Observer." The winner of the Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Off-Broadway Musi- cal, "Ruthless!" has the distinction of receiving glowing reviews from Clive Barnes and Rex Reed. Joining Pack and Silkworth in the "stage mother of musicals" are Donna de Kuyper, Ann Maloney, Kane Mowrey and Sandra Nau- mann, all veterans of community and professional theatre. They not only have earned praise for their talent as singers and actors, getting them gussied up and glamorous did not require a weekend and the most that Bad Hair Day? personnel could muster. The outrageous, off-the-wall musical comedy is suitable for ages middle school through all stages of adulthood. Production dates for "Ruth- less!" are March 20, 21, 22, 27, 28 and 29. Friday and Saturday cur- tains are at 8 p.m. and Sunday matinees are at 3 p.m. Tickets are $12; senior citizens 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. The nonprofit group is support- ed, in part, by the Delaware Divi- sion of the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. Dick Pack spent a long afternoon at Bad Hair Day? in Rehoboth Beach on March 7, getting "primped  for his role in the Second Street Players' production of "Ruthless.  Above, is the finished product, Jylvia St. Croix.  Below, left, Bobbi Sade, makeup artist for Bad Hair Day?, transforms Pack with layers of eye and face potions. At right is Pack before his transforma- tion for the stage. photos by Angle Moon , . "SURF & TURF" SUNDAY (Open Noon) 1J1 Smors "ql" I/2 price Burgers Over 20 oomatns, or create your own.  Prices starting at only $2.50 . Crab t, Cheese O.Iche (Our Horr, ma with s  m|a, only SS.rS Sloody  er HIme only SZ50 -- Entertainment This Week -- . Saturday, March 14th "JOHN FAHRES" 9p.m. - I a.m. . 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