Director Sarah Hunnewell reached back to 1925 for the original "Enchanted April," revised and revived on Broadway a decade after the 1992 movie version, and now playing at Hampton Theatre Company's stage in Quogue.
An unlikely feminist advertises for ladies to share in an Italian villa holiday. Unhappily married Rose (Jacqueline Raposo) and Lotty (Rosemary Cline) are joined by an imperious widow (Diana Marbury), and a beautiful but cold aristocrat (Jessica Forsythe). Lotty needs timeout from her pompous husband (Terrance Fiore) and Rosemary from her plilandering spouse (Edward Brennan). The irony of this quaintly formal comedy is that the younger women leave the men in their lives behind, including the hot landlord (Tristan Vaughan), only to make them the center of attention. Debbie Starker broadens the humor as the no-English housekeeper.
At times pedantic, "April" is worth waiting for the enchantment, which begins with the unfolding of the Rivera villa rendered by set designers James Ewing and Marbury.
Note: Director Hunnewell suspects the author, identified as Kane Campbell, used a nom de plume, as does one of the characters in "The Enchanted April." If you know anything more about the playwright's identity, please inform the director at email@example.com.