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Prayers and Prohibition

Review by Anna Pierlot

Cast of Prayers and Prohibition (l–r): Paul Hopkins (the Reverend), Ben MacDonald (the Sheriff), Carolyn MacDonald (the Farmer/Paperboy) and Dylan Sampson (the Shopkeeper) with, at back, writer/directors, Joe MacDonald (left) and Jonah Anderson (right). (photo: Anna Pierlot)Spirits are high at the St. Peter’s Bay Courthouse Theatre, thanks to a new play written and directed by locals Joe MacDonald and Jonah Anderson. It’s called Prayers and Prohibition, and it centers around the misadventures of a quirky sheriff as he attempts to uphold the laws of prohibition in his town. The slapstick humor and small-town comedy remind one of an energized Beverly Hillbillies, while the clever, easy-flowing plot makes for an enjoyable and entertaining evening.

Headed up by a talented young cast, Prayers and Prohibition is a quirky knee-slapper, unraveling its rollicking tale with the help of a high-strung but determined Sheriff, a phlegmatic Reverend, a young paperboy, a slow farmer and a sarcastic Shopkeeper. Convinced that there are liquor smugglers infiltrating his town, the Sheriff is on a mission to root out and capture the culprits. Misguided mess-ups and entertaining encounters rule the stage as he investigates various wild goose chases. The energetic physical comedy, especially between the Reverend and the Sheriff, make for many belly laughs throughout the performance, while the shopkeeper’s dry commentary and the farmer’s sluggish moodiness tickle the ribs in this showcase of local talent.  In addition, toe-tapping music weaves through the scenes, keeping the country feel alive throughout the performance and adding to the overall mood of the play. Lovers of the absurd and the goofy will enjoy an ingenious evening of fun in the beautiful St. Peter’s Bay with the cast of Prayers and Prohibition.

The talented young cast include Ben MacDonald as the oddball Sheriff, Paul Hopkins as the Reverend, Dylan Sampson as the Shopkeeper, and Carolyn MacDonald as the Farmer and Paperboy. Join them and their amusing antics every Thursday night through July and August, starting at eight o’clock. For tickets or more information, contact the Courthouse by phone: 902-961-3636.

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