If you’re looking for a fast paced show with countless opportunities for laughs, look no further than The Cocoanuts at the Guthrie Theater. This Marx Brothers’ comedy musical from 1925 is set against the 1920s Florida land boom. Mr. Hammer aka Groucho (Mark Bedard) is the proprietor of the Cocoanuts Hotel, a land impresario, and general con man. Robert Jamison aka Zeppo (Justin Keyes) is the head desk clerk who wants to be an architect and is in love with socialite Polly Potter (Cat Brindsi). Polly’s mom, Mrs. Potter (Peggy O’Connell), is trying to marry her off to Harvey Yates (Paul de Cordova) an eligible bachelor. When two inept drifters, Chico (John Tufts) and Harpo (Brent Hinkley) arrive at the hotel the laughs start rolling and are non-stop.
The Cocoanuts is full of the word play, slapstick and deadpan comedy which made the Marx Brothers famous. Mark Bedard, John Tufts and Brent Hinkley are pure comic gold as Groucho, Chico and Harpo respectively. These three hold the audience in the palm of their hands the entire show. Whether it is their unbelievable comedic timing, interacting with the audience or ability to keep up with the fast paced demands of the show, these three actors are the heart and soul of this musical.
The entire cast is superb and keeps you laughing from the first line to the last line of the show. The non-stop laughs paired with Irving Berlin’s music is a recipe for a show not to be missed this holiday season.
The Cocoanuts is playing at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis through January 3rd. For more information on the show or to purchase tickets, visit the Guthrie’s website.