PowPAC theater staging “Skin Deep,” a romatic comedy, starting Friday

By José A. López

The PowPAC, Poway’s Community Theatre, is staging a modern romantic comedy starting next week when it presents “Skin Deep.”

Shirley Coggon and Joe Solazzo star in "Skin Deep," which opens Friday at PowPAC, Poway's Community Theatre. (Photo provided by Tony Eisenhower)

The show will run March 4 through March 27 at the theater, 13250 Poway Road.

The story, written by Jon Lonoff, features a protagonist, Maureen Mulligan, who is a plus-size, middle-aged single woman who is good-natured and looking for love, but is more at ease cracking one-liners about her weight.

Everyone is trying to set her up on dates, especially her skinny older sister, Sheila, who is herself addicted to plastic surgery in her attempts to remain beautiful.

Sheila sets up Maureen on a blind date with a man who is an “average Joe,” but Maureen’s first instinct is to turn him away, said Director Sherrie Colbourn, who describes the play as a “girl meets boy, girl loses boy and then goes out to win him back” romantic comedy.

Colbourn said in a phone interview that she wanted to bring the piece to the stage for several reasons.

“One, I’m overweight and a lot of us who are often forget that we’re also attractive females,” Colbourn said. “Its also a play about sisters, and as the oldest of seven, I relate very well to that concept.”

Colbourn said the play also allowed her to “give a plus-sized lady a time to shine,” by featuring a leading lady who is not like most other leading ladies, as far as appearances are concerned.

Shirley Coggon has been cast as Maureen. This is her first production with PowPAC.

“She’s been trained as a stand-up comedian and this is her first foray into an acting role,” Colbourn said. She added that the training really comes in handy for Coggon, who has to have good timing and stage presence to make the play’s comic language work.

The cast of “Skin Deep” playing March 4-27 at PowPAC, Poway’s Community Theatre, features, from left, Sam Warner, Shirley Coggon, Joe Solazzo and (seated) Cheryl Warner. (Photo Provided by Tony Eisenhower)

Joe Solazzo, a Ramona resident who works with the Poway Sheriff’s Department — and was last seen on the PowPAC stage in “Fuddy Meers” — plays the suitor. Sheila and her husband are played by real-life couple Sam and Cheryl Warner, who have multiple roles to their credit in North County productions, including in “Lips Together, Teeth Apart” and “Dinner with Friends” at PowPAC.

The performances are Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15 for general admission, $13 for students, seniors and active members of the military. There is a $2 surcharge for opening night, which includes a cast party following the show.

For reservations, call the PowPAC box-office at 858-679-8085 or go to powpac.org.

RELATED STORY: Click here to read our story about PowPAC’s 2011-2012 season.

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