By Vicki Vodrey
About the Show
The Gunther family descends on Flowering Fields Nursing Home around the bedside of their nearly deceased patriarch. Old wounds are re-opened and new battle lines are drawn in this hilarious dark comedy that proves there is no appropriate way to act in the face of death.
Vicki Vodrey’s dark comedy was performed at the Midtown International Theatre Festival in July, 2011.
“…incredibly detailed characters, smart structuring, and fantastic performances…”from Talkin’ Broadway Off Broadway by Matthew Murray
The MITF production has been nominated for a number of awards:
Outstanding Production of a Play
Outstanding Playwrighting for a New Script
Outstanding Ensemble Performance
Hanky Panky was one of the top-rated and most popular shows in the 2010 Kansas City Fringe Festival.
Thank you to all who attended the encore performance in Kansas City on July 10, 2011!
The MITF production was an Equity Approved Showcase
Reviews and Press
“Hold onto your funny bone! For a work in which death is so prominent, it achieves a startling number of laughs, along with the expected tears…with incredibly detailed characters, smart structuring, and fantastic performances…Vodrey gets mileage from investigating how everyone deals with death. (Hanky Panky) resembles a lighter-hearted cancer-ward version of August: Osage County. Vodrey spikes the dialogue with anger and heart in equal measure, keeping you guessing until the very end whether the Gunthers will work out all their difficulties…the actors all tinge ground-level grief with hope and camaraderie that will be movingly familiar to anyone who’s ever bonded with loved ones in a hospital.”
Matthew Murray, Talkin’ Broadway Off Broadway
The playwright gets it just right…including the fear and pathos that is driving all the shenanigans. Richard Dines directs at a headlong pace and the cast is right on.”
Francine Russo Blog (former critic for The Village Voice)
“…darkly humorous comedy…a wickedly funny, outrageous and yes, moving finale…entirely new and gloriously amusing…”
Oscar E. Moore, Talk Entertainment
a cleverly constructed play that sneaks up on you…these gifted actors, under Richard Dines’ direction, get the most out of the material”
“Vodrey delivers some very funny lines…but in the last ten minutes or so, the tone shifts, the play coalesces and we suddenly experience an unexpected emotional response to the material. The piece ends on such a poignant note that we’re forced to re-assess all that came before.”
“Vodrey has not spared her flawed characters, but she ultimately cast them in a sympathetic light. She allows them a bit of grace and by doing so makes it possible for us to view them with compassion and reflect on just how much we may have in common with them. And that’s a fine way to end a play.”
Robert Trussell, Kansas City Star
“Playwright Vicki Vodrey skips the simmering, and goes to comic boiling”
KC Free Press
“Hanky Panky should be remembered for one of the funniest death bed scenes in memory.”
“Satisfying family comedy…features the cream of the area’s acting crop…skillfully written and directed show…laugh-out-loud”
Paul Proffett, Examiner.com
“RUN, do not walk, to SEE THIS SHOW. This show is terrifically written & very well staged. The acting is TOP DRAWER and the show is worth many times the price of admission. It’s hilarious, touching and… oh, JUST GO!”
“Vicki Vodrey, the playwright, has done a wonderful job putting together just the right words for her characters. And the director, Richard Dines, excels at pairing the right words with the right movements.”
Audience Reviews on KC Stage.com