This is the tale of a New England College professor Terrance (Carter Cheatum) who is also a part-time playwright. He is trying to get financing from a trio of Italian mobsters in the Boston area to get his play staged Off-Broadway. He has some connections to the family who owns the restaurant where all the action takes place, as the alluring 28 year old Angie (Brianna Wilson). Now she manages the place for her father Lou (Stan Mesnick), makes $50,000 a year , and owns an expensive car and two condos. Not bad for a college dropout!
Lou has two gangster cronies who are his business partners: Tino (Ray Chute) and Mike (Bill Leseur) the apparent head “Godfather.” During the first act, they sit around a table eating and discussing investing in a play, something totally new to them. The play is about a murder but Mike would like to have some music it, and a better name like ” The Student Prince” since it is so catchy.
One of the complications that is immediately apparent is that Angie has the hots for the professor despite their age difference. He is in his 40’s and an attractive man, and Lou would like for Angie to marry, he needs grandchildren. In one of the funniest scenes in the show, Angie persuades Terrance to give her a foot massage which results in a prolonged ecstatic response.
The Mafiosi trio members take a break from their gangster chatter to shake down a poor guy who is late with the payment on his loan. Frankie (Tom DeBorde) doesn’t have a chance against these down to business “hit” men, if you know what we mean. We will leave the outcome of his plight for you to discover when you see the play.
One of the stars of this show is the excellent set designed and built by Stan Mesnick, who also directed this play with Shelley Hayes as Assistant Director. Mr. Mesnick collaborated with Barbara and David wells on the marvelous private dining room of Lou’s Italian restaurant. It has paneled walls and wooden chairs and includes a bar, interesting artwork, baskets filled with fruit, and other furnishings that contribute to authenticity.