Tuesday Mar 31 2009
Mafia seizes new turf on Folsom’s Sutter Street
By: Don Chaddock, The Telegraph
‘The Carsino Show’ targets senior set
‘The Carsino Show’ targets senior set The menacing Mafia blends with comedic sketches in the latest offering by the Stage Nine Theater. Based on the old Johnny Carson late night talk show, “The Carsino Show” replaces the likable host and crew with members of the Mafia. The show is aimed at an audience old enough to remember Carson’s show, but is packed with plenty of laughs for younger folks as well, according to theater co-owner Mike Jimena. “It’s geared toward seniors, but we didn’t compromise,” he said. “It’s entertaining for all ages.” The show features music from the ‘40s, ‘50s and ‘60s, skits and, like the real Johnny Carson show, plenty of improvisation. Jimena also wrote the play. “The nice thing about it is that it will change a little bit from week to week,” he said. “We’ll (eventually) move it to Thursdays to give seniors something to do.” Jimena said play also spoofs commercials and sports a Betty Boop skit. “In the musical numbers, the voices are just tremendous,” he said. Victoria Morse, of Sacramento, made the trek to Folsom to see the play opening night. “I loved it and thought it was great,” she said. “I was very cleverly done. The concept of the show is good. They can alter the acts.” She said she often comes to Folsom and would consider returning to see a different show. “I do not do much,” she said. “I was glad to see there was a theater in Folsom.” She questioned spending so much to see a show in this economy, but said it was money well spent. “I’m glad I laughed and had a good time,” she said.