This lady demands satisfaction — as we all should when we attend the theater — and I certainly found it at Gulfshore Playhouse’s superlative production of “The Lady Demands Satisfaction.”
This delightfully silly spoof by Arthur M. Jolly is a Florida premiere; the theater discovered it among the submissions for its New Works Festival. Unfortunately, by the time it was chosen, it had already been staged elsewhere (by Chicago’s Babes With Blades Theatre Company), disqualifying it for the local festival.
But then something better happened: Gulfshore Playhouse decided to stage a full production of the show.
I’m so glad it did because now, instead of just a staged reading, we get the pleasure of a full set, lighting, fabulous costumes and cleverly choreographed dances and swordfights.
The deceptively simple set by Edward T. Morris is luscious: When we step into the performance space we’re greeted with an empty room bathed in blue light. The room has a door on each side and a set of French doors up two steps, centerstage.
The combination of Mr. Morris’s set and Jimmy Lawlor’s adventurous lighting is a perfect marriage and a cause for delight all evening. The lighting shifts from scene to scene with an almost discotheque intensity. (At one point the backdrop through the French doors glows electric-green, while the interior walls are awash in a neon purple-ish pink.)