You're married to someone for seven years. You think you know him. Then one day—boom—there's Barbie dolls in the sweater drawer. And they've been around...
That's part of the dilemma central character Cass faces in the Wonder of the World, a modern-day screwball comedy that playwright David Lindsey-Abaire wrote after his hit Fuddy Meers. Reeling from the shock that her marriage has been a facade, Cass forsakes the comforts of Park Slope in Brooklyn to do some serious work on her bucket list ("get a sidekick, wear a blonde wig, learn Swedish, find your soulmate").
In short, a twisted Alice explores an equally twisted wonderland in the company of—or pursued by—a conflicted husband-and-wife detective team, an alcoholic with a death wish and a marriage counselor who can't get out of her clown suit. Did I mention that they all wind up in Niagara Falls?
Regional veteran and drama teacher J. Chachula rarely takes the director's chair, but good things tend to happen when he does. In this Delta Boys production, he works with a top-flight cast, including Kathryn Milliken LeTrent, Al Singer, Olivia Griego, Kevin Ferguson and Amy Bossi-Nasiatka. The show runs Thursdays–Sundays through Aug. 14 (no performance Sat., Aug. 6). —Byron Woods