Comically expert performances and well-executed direction elevate a charming script to the level of great entertainment as The Falcon Theatre hosts the American premiere of "Balancing Act," by Frank Salisbury.
Headlining this engaging game of cat and mouse are recognizable television and film actors Richard Gilliland and Yeardley Smith.
Gilliland's massive body of work includes a supporting role on "Designing Women," while Smith boasts a coveted Emmy for voicing the role of daughter Lisa on Fox's long-running animated series "The Simpsons." The chemistry these two veterans of stage and screen create, under the capable guidance of director Adam Carl, is remarkable.
Salisbury's story introduces Gilliland as Eugene Ormsby, a mid-level accounting executive who has embezzled a tidy sum from his employer.
As Ormsby prepares to leave on a one-way flight to Brazil, Beth Washburn, a cubicle- inhabiting subordinate from his department, played by Smith, arrives at his apartment. Naively, she recounts her discovery of some cooked books, leading to a series of hilarious subterfuges and deflections on the part of her felonious boss.