Cleburne Times-Review, Cleburne, TX

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August 15, 2007

For love or money, y’all

‘Pointed Toes’ not so sharp in this production

Plaza Theatre Company’s latest production, “The Man With the Pointed Toes,” probably won’t go down as the troupe’s best production this season. Although entertaining enough, and well acted, it plays a bit predictable and lightweight. But that’s not to say a diverting bit of mind candy in the dog days of summer is a bad thing. Those seeking entertainment over, say, poignant drama, should get a kick out of this fish-out-of-water romantic comedy. The story entails a love triangle for the romantically inclined and a number of laughs, most involving the cultural divide between the down home and the highfalutin.

Hayseed Tom Coterel (JaceSon Barrus) gets lucky at poker and luckier when a patch of land he wins in a hand turns out to be swimming in Texas tea, oil that is.

Quicker than you can spell “gold digger,” New York socialite Pam Wright (Milette Siler) makes a beeline for Coterel’s wallet, er, heart.

“Everyone knows a woman like that ain’t good for a man ’cepting the man himself,” says Lem Reed (Jordan Rimmer), one of Coterel’s ranch hands.

Ain’t that the truth, but ain’t love blind? Reckoning he ought git himself some refinement to be worthy of Wright’s love, Coterel hires one of them high-class tutors from back East. The tutor, Florence Rains (Camille Shaw), turns out to be another — surprise, surprise — beautiful woman who — even bigger surprise — also falls for Coterel.

So the dance begins, and it’s no fair revealing which girl wins Coterel’s heart in the end. Though I will say that Link Hanson (Aaron Siler), Coterel’s best friend, sets his own scheme in action with Neiman Marcus boxes (into which no woman can resist peeking) and the advice that any man can be social hygiened if a woman puts her mind to it. You’ll have to see the play to learn what that last bit means.

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