“Sealed for Freshness” comes alive with technical details, quirky characters

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The Transit Theatre Troupe took its audience on a journey back to the ’60s, where the hairdos were big, the roles of women were small and there was Tupperware in every size. “Sealed for Freshness,” written by Doug Stone, brings together five women whose lips are not as tight as the lids on the plastic containers they love.

Bonnie Kapica (Sarah Alessandro) hosts a Tupperware party. On the invite list is rich Jean Pawlicki (Aly Jones), young Tracy Ann McClain (Heather Garsen), loud and pregnant Sinclair Benevente (Megan Bolton) and the top Tupperware saleswoman and new neighbor Diane Whetlaufer (Taylor Juarez). Looking at the fall line of Tupperware turns Bonnie’s house into a confessional as the women reveal problems with husbands, children and life.

Leah Harris, president of Transit, directed this laugh-out-loud comedy that coupled funny punchlines with serious tell-alls. The five female and one male (Cooper Accord) cast work together to deliver an outstanding performance in the 80-minute run time that was worth way more than the zero-dollar ticket price.

Megan Bolton played Sinclair Benevente, a pregnant housewife who some would call a trouble maker, but Sinclair refers to herself as a “realist.” Sinclair instigates the flowing of secrets and even shares how she really feels about her life as a soon-to-be mother of five. Although this was Bolton’s theatre debut, she had the star power of someone more experienced. Even when her character delivered her cruelest lines, Bolton still made Sinclair a crowd favorite.

Aly Jones played Jean Pawlicki, sister of Sinclair. While Jones may be small, she brought great life to Jean. Jones perfectly played the perfectionist Jean in her most rigid moments, but was also able to play the emotional wreck Jean. Jones’ emotional range made her character complex and enjoyable.

The cast was exceptional and so was the crew. The music played before and at intermission was also set in the 1960s, which helped the audience adapt to the era. Leah Harris said that this was one of the first period pieces that the Troupe had done, and the set crew did not disappoint.

While the set was small and static, it was packed with details that spoke true of the time. The costume and make-up crew should also be applauded if only for the great heights achieved with the hairdos.

Transit’s opener for the season promises many more great performances to come.