‘Sabrina Fair’: A quest for belonging, romance

By Jesse Blair | Jun 20, 2018
Courtesy of: Driftwood Players Linus Jr. (Asa Sholdez) and Sabrina (Rebecca Erickson) star in “Sabrina Fair.”

Driftwood Players ends its season with Samuel Taylor’s “Sabrina Fair,” a smartly written, well-acted romantic comedy about a young woman’s quest for belonging and romance without feeling domesticated amid the social class of the ultra-rich, a class she does not belong to.

The play runs well over two hours and is a bit slow in parts. It is smartly written, but not laugh-out-loud funny.

It’s the 1950s, and Sabrina Fairchild (Rebecca Erickson) grew up unnoticed – or so she thought – living in a corner of Larrabee Estate, where her father worked as the family chauffer.

The Larrabees’ luxurious property, where the servants outnumber the people, sits on waterfront property along the north shore of Long Island.

Sabrina left the estate, went to college and lived in Paris for several years, climbing her way up the ladder of the working world.

She decides to come back to New York to see if the younger Larrabee brother, David (Nathaniel Grant Thomsen), is the right man for her. Her hope is that she is not remembered as the shy, timid girl who scraped her knees and climbed trees.

So she returns as an outspoken, world traveled, larger-than-life woman who is on equal playing field with the Larrabees. Her father and career chauffer Fairchild (Terry Boyd) does not approve of her demanding behavior.

Martin J. Mackenzie gives a memorable performance as Linus Larrabee Sr. Being a firm believer that people ought to marry within their own class, he can’t believe how the 20th century has become a time where folks would consider doing otherwise.

Even his own sons!

Kathleen Sasnett gives a thought-provoking and amusing performance as an accomplished magazine editor who spent so much time at the estate that her given name to the Larrabee boys was “Aunt Julia.” It is 1953, and Hilary had accomplished much in the workforce in an age where women weren’t expected to be career driven. Even so, she regretted doing it alone.

Asa Sholdez lights the stage up with an energetic and sophisticated performance as the older Larrabee brother, Linus Jr. He tries to remain focused on building the Larrabee empire and getting his younger brother remarried, but there’s Sabrina, getting ahold of his heart.

Erickson likewise, gives a solid performance deciding if she really loves the younger David or perhaps the rich Frenchman she left in Paris. But Linus Jr.? All the while, she works at broadening the minds of the family that there is more to life than just being really rich.

Under the direction of Rick Wright, the pacing, mood, and set pieces gave a real feeling like I was watching the comings and goings of the day-to-day matters of the super wealthy. Here was a world where a maid served each meal, where money was made through conversations and handshakes, and free time was spent taking a yawl out on the Sound.

This was a world where many servants struggled to make life easy for the Larrabees, but they all fretted about what to do with Sabrina.

Overall, Driftwood Players delivers a worthy production of the fun and clever “Sabrina Fair.”

“Sabrina Fair”

Where: Wade James Theater, 950 Main St., Edmonds
When: Through June 24. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday
Tickets: $25-$28
Information: edmondsdriftwoodplayers.org, 425-774-9600


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