Review: Pump Boys and Dinettes

"...a must see for anyone who enjoys live and lively theater"

Pump Boys pumps you up!

by Milt Helmer, independent freelance writer for Helmer Publications

If you are looking for a fun way to spend an evening, you might want to consider taking in a performance of “Pump Boys and Dinettes” at the St. Croix Off Broadway Dinner Theatre in Hudson.

This high energy performance by a very balanced cast takes you back to a day when life was simple and fun was real. The setting is a diner called the Double Cupp on Hwy 57 located somewhere between mythical Frog Level and Smyrna.

From the moment you are seated and the pair of cute young waitresses start chatting with you in their rich southern accents to the crazy antics of Joel P. LeJeune (Jackson), you are sure to leave with a warm heart and a feeling of having been truly entertained.

Every performer was strong with singing, dancing, and clever humor that takes you back in time. You just can’t help love Kevin Preibe as Ennis, who continuously remind the cast of the correct pronunciation of his name. The part of saucy waitresses, Alexis Simmons ( Prudie Cupp) and Alanna Reeves ( Rhetta Cupp), will steal your heart when they sing “Sister.”

The deadpan performance by Wayne Peterson ( Eddie) is subtle but very memorable. Timm Holmly made his debut with his fun role as the nerdy L.M and Joseph Lullo ( Jim ) led the entire cast as the leader of the garage on Hwy 57.

February 1st was the opening night for "Pump Boys and Dinettes," but it looked like they had been performing it all their lives.

The performances continue Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights through May 17 ( except Easter weekend).

It is a must see for anyone you enjoys live and lively theater.

Neil Simon's hit, "The Odd Couple," is slated to debut at St. Croix Off Broadway on June 13, 2008.

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