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Published: Tuesday, April 17, 2012, 10:56 a.m.

"The Golden State" is comedy gold

  • Melanie Calderwood, Terry Boyd, Kelsey Hamilton and Kelsey Jacobs star in "The Golden State"

    Phoenix Theatre

    Melanie Calderwood, Terry Boyd, Kelsey Hamilton and Kelsey Jacobs star in "The Golden State"

It is so great to see the Phoenix Theatre step out of its comedic comfort zone and do something really racy, to see them put the ‘tit' back in titillating.

I mean I was laughing myself silly through most of “The Golden State” – as were my two theater companions – but especially through the part where leading lady Melanie Calderwood is groped on stage in the boob area for quite some time.

She's unconscious and fully clothed and there was nothing sexual. Just good, clean, farcical fun.

“Golden State” also had references to homosexual hijinks, lots of kissing, some colorful language and a well-built man dressed in a Speedo and tank top.

It goes without saying but I'll say it anyway, not a show for children.

Though this is a show where children figure prominently in the plot.

“The Golden State” is a raucous battle between a miserly mom obsessed with money and her children who just want to live their lives, though an allowance sure wouldn't hurt.

But mom wants to marry off her young son to a wealthy 68-year-old golf widow – “She has big butt but she's quick like a cheetah.”

The mom, Gertrude Hopper, also wants to sell out her daughter's womb.

The talented cast pulled off this piquant plum of a show with exceptional skill, led boldly to a place the Phoenix doesn't often go by daring director Eric Lewis.

Hopper was played by Phoenix veteran Melanie Calderwood, Phoenix theater founder, artistic director and longtime veteran actor known for her comedic expertise.

Not only did she display lots of expertise, Calderwood gets additional points for putting up with the aforementioned groping.

Terrence Boyd was an amazing version of the closeted Cubby, the gay son; Wendy Enden did a wonderfully suicidal yet sweet Sylvia; Austin Gregory played the dashing yet intelligent gardener Luis and the two maids, Kelsey Hamilton and Kelsey Jacobs, were a highlight.

D. Knoop appeared briefly and delightfully as Bunny. Joseph Perez and his Speedo – “I'msick of living in a Pinto” – deserves extra applause as Frederico.

"The Golden State" plays its final weekend with shows at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday through April 22 at The Phoenix Theatre, 9673 Firdale Ave., Edmonds. Tickets are $18.50 and $15.50. Call 206-533-2000 or go to The Phoenix Theatre.
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