Prelude to a Kiss

This may sound strange, but this is actually a pretty good show, considering how bad it is!

By Andrew Andrews

Pete (Julian Garcia), Tom (Bruce Pileggi) and Rita (Samantha Shane) in County Players’ production of Prelude to a Kiss at the Falls Theatre in Wappingers Falls. Photo by Harold Bonacquist.

Pete and Rita meet at a party and are instantly attracted.

After a whirlwind courtship of only a few months, they get married.

At the reception, a disheveled old man stumbles in.

When he asks to kiss the nervous bride, the two souls exchange bodies. Rita’s spirit is ushered out before she can grasp what’s happened, while the old man plays along in his younger host body.

On their honeymoon, Pete can’t figure out why Rita is acting like a completely different person, and struggles to cope with his new wife’s unimaginable change in personality.

Douglas Woolley portrays the mysterious, disheveled old man. Photo by Louisa Vilardi.

There have been plenty of plots about two people swapping bodies, but Prelude to a Kiss is easily one of the better tales.

This production by County Players definitely has a “community theater” feel to it, with many of the actors stumbling over their lines. The Falls Theatre audience is as amateur as the cast, applauding after every scene and talking above a whisper during the show.

Nonetheless, the script is really good, the story is quite engaging, and the lead actors stand out in their performance.

If you’re looking for a top notch theatre experience, you’re certainly not going to find it here. But if you just want to see a good story delivered adequately at a bargain basement price, County Players’ Prelude is sure to fit the bill.

I attended with five members of my Meetup group, and they enjoyed the performance, too.

4

Andrew Andrews attended Prelude to a Kiss at Falls Theatre in Wappingers Falls on Friday, September 10, 2021 @ 8:00pm to write this review.