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5-man comedy spoofs dad-son relationship

The father and son don’t quite see eye-to-eye.

One’s a free spirit, an aspiring novelist and sailor who lives life on a whim. The other is a straight-laced, no-nonsense attorney. But which character matches which personality? It’s probably not what you think at first.

“Really funny, funny lines,” Dottie Bekeart, publicity coordinator Kauai Community Players that is presenting the play, said about the play “Prodigal Father,” which dives into the dad’s and child’s lives. “But it’s also about the father-son relationship. It sort of makes fun in the difficulty men have in communicating at times.”

The comedy twists the characteristics a bit. It’s the son who’s the hard-edged lawyer and dad who lives life in the arts. The play focuses how the two overcome their estrangement with the help of the women in their lives.

“Of our whole season this year, this is our funniest play,” Bekeart said. “It’s a laugh-out-loud kind of comedy.”

The show runs from April 2-19 at the Puhi Theatrical Warehouse, 4411 Kikowaena Street. Thursday, Friday and Saturday shows are at 7 p.m. Sunday curtains lift at 4 p.m.

Cast for the five-man play are Jeff Demma, who plays the father; Jo Grande, who plays the father’s girlfriend; Chris Alderete, who plays the son; while the son’s girlfriend is played by Nicole Cowan. Erin Gaines plays the unhitched character in the two couples’ lives.

Tickets: $22 at the door; $20 in advance through BrownPaperTickets.com.

Discounts are available for KCP members and seniors.

Info: www.KauaiCommunityPlayers.org or call (800) 838-3006.

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