Teatro la Quindicina is presenting a remount of Stewart Lemoine’s Happy Toes at the Varscona Theatre until October 18th (next Saturday). This is the last play in their season, and their last before the Varscona renovations start. With a cast of Julien Arnold, Jeff Haslam, Ron Pederson, Cathy Derkach, and Davina Stewart, I knew it would be funny and clever. And it was. What I didn’t expect was that it would be quiet, gentle, and thoughtful. Jeff Haslam was particularly subtle as Tony, independently-wealthy single friend to Julien Arnold’s Alex. All of the characters were people who didn’t rush into big changes and who didn’t talk about feelings easily. Tony, Alex, and Edgar (Pederson) were longtime friends in the habit of meeting for coffee. Edgar, a music teacher, and Tony are concerned when Alex shares some trouble in his marriage, but they are unsure how to support him. Davina Stewart plays Alex’s restless wife Janine, and Cathy Derkach a new acquaintance who meets the group through Edgar, a customer at the bank where she works.
There is a predictable miscommunication confusion about the estranged spouses showing up at the same event and misinterpreting, but it’s played in the same understated style that the characters have developed. And there is an ending which turns out happy but not trite. Tix on the Square has the tickets as usual.