“The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit”
By popular demand and with few changes, The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit has returned to the Fremont Center Theatre in South Pasadena. Written by the inimitable and prolific author, Ray Bradbury, it is one of my Bradbury favorites.
The story is all about the mystical powers of dreams. When five young Latino men talk about their dreams, Gomez tells them about a beautiful white suit that looks like delicious vanilla ice cream that he saw in the window of Shumway’s Sunshine Suits, that, if he owned it, it could change his life and make his dreams come true. As the suit costs $99.99, he cannot afford it but he convinces the other four to pool their money together ($20 each) to buy the suit, and each man could wear it one night a week. Upon returning to Gomez’s apartment with the suit, the excitement of it convinces them not to wait but for each to wear it for one hour that same night.
As each man puts on the suit and goes out into the world, the others are left anxiously worrying about what condition the suit will come back in, if at all. As each man dons the snazzy, white suit, he seems to assume a new attitude of confidence. The fun occurs as the play focuses on each man, Gomez (Rudy Rodriguez), Dominquez (Adrian Elizondo), Villanazul (Joaquin Garay III, Vamenos (Daniel V. Graulau) and Martinez (Eddie Ruiz), leaving in the suit and being transformed into their dreams. There is wonderful Mexican music (Conjunto Los Poshos and Tres Tesoritos), and a lot of comedy in their individual stories. The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit seems to have mystical powers after all.
The cast, that also includes Philip Sokoloff (Mr. Shumway), Don Appleby, James Casanova, Joan Jack, Verona Masongsong, Joy Nash, Roses Prichard and Paul Rentereia, have Alan Neal Hubbs to thank for his fine directing. Scenic design is by John Edw. Blankenchip, lighting design by Peter Strauss and sound design by Robert Arturo Ramirez.
It will play through November 14 at the Fremont Center Theatre (1000 Fremont Ave., So. Pasadena). For reservations, call (323) 960-4451, or visit online at www.Plays422.com/raybradbury.