This past Friday, I was treated to a night on the town in Northport- a darling waterfront village that I have not spent enough time in- that I will not soon forget!
We began our evening enjoying appetizers and drinks at Ship’s Inn. This cozy, local gem offered great service, a comfortable atmosphere and fresh seafood. Just steps away across Main St. was the Posey Studio which was housing the Bare Bones Theater Company. The quirky 19th century building was an ideal spot for the unique production we were about to see. We were greeted like old friends and felt right at home in the artsy, intimate surroundings. The experience was enhanced by the resort atmosphere created with tuxedoed staff, fresh strawberries, and champagne. The attention to detail in setting the scene was furthered by a spirited and half-naked Nino Ascencio (Nyoman) who entertained and provided the audience with noisemakers and confetti to set the time and place of the play.
Written and directed by Long Island’s Don Intonato, The Monkey King is a refreshingly original thriller/comedy meant for adult audiences. The story of Rupert (portrayed by Smithtown’s Sean King), a mafia accountant from New York, and his plan to “go out like a king” in Bali is complicated by the boss’ daughter, the alluring Diane (played beautifully and confidently by Christine Copley), and a half man/half monkey. The Monkey King himself is portrayed by the playwright’s son, Ben Intonato, who seems to have been born for this role.
The plot is just as fascinating as the playwright and how he came to write it, and I was glad there were many director’s notes in the program. The Monkey King keeps you guessing up until the final moments, and I contemplated different theories about what was really going on the entire ride home. It certainly met the Bare Bones Theater Company’s criteria as a show that challenges the audience to think and feel!
The Monkey King is on its way to Off-Broadway, and I can’t wait to see it again!