‘Sin, Sex and the C.I.A.’ is hilarious whodunit

By Meredith Pechta | Jun 20, 2014
Courtesy of: The Driftwood Players The Driftwood Players presents “Sin, Sex and the CIA” now through June 29 at the Wade James Theater.

“Sin, Sex and the C.I.A.”  What more could you need for an entertaining evening?

The Driftwood Players have a lot of fun with this premise.  Most audiences will as well.

The story takes place in a cabin in the middle of nowhere.  A bungling C.I.A. agent named Trevor Brandt is there for his first assignment – to monitor a private meeting between two people while they negotiate a deal that could affect the environment.

Daniel Warren, another man from another agency, is there to “help.”  He’s more competent and certainly more level headed, but whether he’s helpful or even supposed to be there is anyone’s guess.

One of the negotiators arrives in the form of a woman with an itch she thinks Daniel can scratch.  After she arrives they are soon joined.

Reverend Samuel Abernathy and his secretary Millicent have just gotten stranded and need a place to stay for the night.

Then there’s Heather who claims to live across the way in another cabin.  She seems to be an expert on flirtation and may be interested in the poor put-upon reverend who wants more than anything to escape this den of iniquity.

All of these characters and the actors who play them go together like a well-oiled machine.

The inept C.I.A. agent Luke is played by Trevor Brandt.  You might remember him from the Driftwood Players’ production of “An Unexpected Guest.”

Boyd Morrison plays the sensible Daniel Warren.  Every comedy needs a straight man, and he fills the role nicely as he tries to bring order to chaos.

The sex-starved female representative Margaret Johnson is played by acting veteran Carrie Schnelker.  She has a head for business and a body for monkey business.  Of course, that’s exactly what is called for in this production.

The irate Reverend Abernathy is comically played by Steve Ruggles.  He too was seen in “An Unexpected Guest.”  Here, he doesn’t always practice what he preaches, but he tries more than any of the others do.

Alysha Curry plays his sweet secretary, Millicent.  Although she is new to this particular theater, she’s no stranger to the stage.  She’s hilarious as she turns from secretary to amateur chef to spy-in-training.

And last but not least, the mysterious Heather Ann Faraday is played by Caitlin Gilman.  She comes across as a younger and prettier Rosie O’Donnell.  She makes an interesting foil for Ruggles.

If you want a fun night out with a friend or a date, this play is the ticket.  It’s a riot.

“Sin, Sex and the C.I.A.” is playing until June 29 at the Wade James Theatre, 950 Main St., Edmonds.

For ticket information call: (425) 774-9600.

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