Theater review: 'Man With the Pointed Toes' at Glendale Centre
Written by husband-and-wife team Lynn and Helen Root, “Man With the Pointed Toes” first saw light as a 1958 television production before premiering as a stage play at Glendale Centre Theatre in the mid-1960s. Now the play returns to the scene of its theatrical debut.
Historically speaking, that’s certainly heartwarming. Dramatically, it’s another story. Perhaps “Toes” was a rip-roarer back in its day, but it’s now a dusty velvet painting of a comedy with a paint-by-numbers plot that holds few surprises.
The story, in a chestnut shell, concerns Texas rancher Tom Coterel (Tommy Kearney), a new oil billionaire smitten by the purposefully seductive Pamela (Kelley Hurley). Out of his depth with Pamela, Tom hires bookwormish tutor Florence (Megan Blakeley) to smooth off his rough edges. Of course, as Florence successfully transforms Tom from a rube to a slicker, she falls in love with him. Will Tom realize just what a gem Florence is, or will he marry Pamela, a cubic zirconia in a gold-digger setting?
— F. Kathleen Foley
“Man With the Pointed Toes,” Glendale Centre Theatre, 324 N. Orange St., Glendale. 8 p.m. Thursdays-Fridays; 3 and 8 p.m. Saturdays. Ends May 5. $20-$25. (818) 244-8481. www.glendalecentretheatre.com. Running time: 2 hours, 15 minutes.
Photo: Megan Blakeley, Kelley Hurley and Tommy Kearney. Credit: Nathan Milisavljevich.