The play is set in a summer colony during World War II, round 1945, just before the war ends. It is sometimes cast with adults looking back on those formative years of their lives, but here the actors only occasionally step out of their roles to speculate about the meaning of these events for their eventual character development.
Forrest Browne’s Charlie exudes an innocence and sincerity that helps keep the audience engaged. He is a terrific young actor and I look forward to seeing him in future productions. Maria Berkowitz’s Bonny is quite charming (though at times a little too shrill), and she is sure to have a bright future in musical comedy. 15 year-old Thomas Kelty, who is already a veteran of over 30 productions, has fun playing a Canadian version of ‘The Fonz’ from Happy Days, and Catherine La Valley is well cast as older sister Elsie.
Running Time: 90 minutes with no intermission.
What I Did Last Summer plays through November 4, 2012, at McLean Community Players, at The Alden Theatre at The McLean Community Center – 1234 Ingleside Road, in McLean, VA. For tickets, call (703) 790-9223, or purchase them online.