R.T. Robinson’s The Cover of Life is a dramatic comedy set in World War II in small town Louisiana. The men are at war. A local news story about young wives keeping the home fires burning attracts Henry Luce of Life magazine.
Luce assigns independent career woman Kate Miller (Cindy Dellinger) to cover the story of the Cliffert women who are married to three brothers. Sybil Cliffert (Leilani Fideler) is a partier who cannot bear children. Weetsie (Ariella Fiore) is highly religious, and Tood (Linda Mayer) seeks more adventure.
They also feel the presence of strong, mature women, but not without their own controversies, in Aunt Ola (Catherine Michaels) and Addie Mae McGough (Bette Smith). Tommy Cliffert (Lucas Moore) appears in memory sequences as Tood’s spouse, the youngest brother.
Kate Miller’s arrival to this quiet hamlet stirs sparks with her urban style that soon gives way to sympathy as the Louisiana women make their way in a man’s world that reflects that time period in America. Each of the young brides has a rich onstage moment in a charming script.
Director Kate Cole’s deft hand is felt as she lets the actors explore their interesting characters. Kudos to Sherry Coon’s costume design for this period piece that includes several costume changes. The show is well written, acted, and directed and a real story of women’s history staging in March, which is Women’s History Month.
The Cover of Life plays Friday and Saturday evenings till March 30 at 8 p.m. at the Sherry Theatre located at 11052 Magnolia Blvd. in North Hollywood (between Lankershim and Vineland). Tickets are $20. Student, senior, and group discounts available. For reservations call (818) 206-4000. Play produced by the Vagabond Players.