One Monkey Don't Stop No Show live at Betty Greenberg Center for PErforming Arts, Beaumont on Feb 1st

One Monkey Don't Stop No Show

It’s your last chance to see Beaumont Community Players rendition of One Monkey Don’t Stop No Show on Feb. 1-3, at 7:30 p.m. Don Evans’ comedy explores the clash of values between middle-class and working class African-Americans living in the 1970s.

Under the local direction of Camille Briggs and Bryan Brassard, the action takes place in suburban Philadelphia, where the Rev. Avery Harrison, a Baptist preacher, clings tenaciously to his position in the local black elite. His upwardly mobile philosophy is avidly shared by his wife, Myra (whose hilarious malapropisms, however, continually betray her ghetto origins), and by his son, Felix, a strictly brought up private school product who has suddenly discovered the joys of sex, thanks to a surreptitiously studied manual and the cooperation of a local charmer known as “Li’l Bits.”

Another jarring note is struck when the reverend’s countrified niece Beverly, the only daughter of his lately demised brother, arrives from the rural South with the news that she has been left in the custody of Caleb Johnson, a jive-talking, fast-living, macho type who was the partner of Beverly’s father in a disreputable local nightclub. Hilarious complications ensue as the reverend and his wife find their passions rekindled; Felix and “Li’l Bits” nervously face the prospect that she may be in a “family way”; and Beverly (who is a lot sharper than her country background might suggest) plots her conquest of the increasingly helpless Caleb.

Tickets are $18 for adults and $16 for senior citizens and students. The Betty Greenberg Center for Performing Arts is at 4155 Laurel Ave. in Beaumont.