It looked like it was going to be just another normal, well, semi-normal family Christmas Eve dinner for the Douglas family in New Jersey until Tony and Vinny barge in to avoid the cops after just robbing the neighborhood liquor store in Osseo High School's presentation of "In-laws, Outlaws, and Other People (That Should Be Shot)."
"You people not see what's going on here? You are being held hostage," says and exasperated Tony as the extended Douglas family gathers around the dinner table carrying on as if the two men with guns were just other guests at Christmas dinner.
The play takes place in two rooms, the dining room and the living room. Mikayala Payne plays a very Jersey over-the-top character named Bunny.
Payne said, "I've always been a big thing in accents. I've always been able to do weird accents so I just kind of came in started doing my Jersey accent, because I used to watch the 'Jersey Shore,' I’m not gonna lie. And it's a lot of fun I actually like doing it. I actually to prepare, I like to chew some gum cause it really gets the accent going."
The play is a situational comedy and the jokes are non-stop.
Sam Girtz does a great job playing the high strung Tony, who passes for what would be the brains of the criminal duo.
"He's really, really irritating I’d say. Really like, just a straight-up jerk to everybody, and you know, probably one of those situations where you definitely you want him to just like, get hit by a lightning bolt or something like right then and there," said Girtz.
"In-laws, Outlaws and Other People (That Should Be Shot)" at Osseo Senior High School is Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Admission is free but there is a suggested $5 donation.
Neil Pursley reporting
April 28, 2017