REVIEW: 'Dear Ruth' satisfies with humor, romantic triangle and twists

Published: Friday, October 25, 2013 at 10:52 AM.

As Albert, the stuffy, put-upon third leg in the romantic triangle, Walter Jagielski earns our respect for a character that often shouts volumes by doing little more than observing helplessly while a flyboy woos his fiancée.

"I have a deposit on a house and a church and a minister," Albert laments. "And I just shook hands with the man who's just become engaged to my fiancée. There's only so much flesh and blood can take."

Fine supporting performances include Megan Keiffer as Ruth's kid sister Miriam, the cause of her  conundrum, and Michael Brooks and Katie Rocha as their parents, staid Judge Harry Wilkins and his stalwart wife Edith.

Angeles Alexander deserves applause as Dora, the patient maid whose frequent asides provide happy doses of comedy.

Jacob Smith, in his stage debut as Bill's B-26 bomber war buddy, Sgt. Chuck Vincent, is personable and likeable as he courts his lieutenant's sister, played prettily by Meagan Prestridge.

There was some distracting shuffling on stage during some scenes, which I wrote off to opening night jitters, and a few lighting and sound glitches.

The latter are good signs: The CHS theatre program conquered two perennial problems with its recent acquisition of a new audio system and a new spotlight. As the techies master their new equipment, I expect the few miscues will vanish.

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