Say hello to “Goodbye Freddy” this weekend - Funny, moving gay play is not to be missed

by Chris Narloch

If you’re looking for something entertaining and theatrical (and very gay) to do this weekend, check out one of the final performances of this not-to-be-missed dramedy at midtown Sacramento’s intimate Geery Theeatre on L Street.

In this fine production of “Goodbye Freddy,” a superb six-person cast has a firm handle on their characters, the closest friends of a recently deceased gay man named Freddy.

The childhood friends gather for his funeral, and Freddy’s impact on their lives turns out to be even greater in death than in life, after secrets are revealed that may unravel the seemingly strong marriage between Hank and Kate.

The entire ensemble is excellent, but I am going to single out Elise Hodge as Kate, only because her lead role is the most demanding.

As a wounded wife whose pain is very fresh, Hodge expertly navigates her character’s wild roller coaster of emotions after her faith in her husband and his love for her come into question.

(Corey Morris also nails his role, managing to make appealing the potentially unsympathetic character of the husband, Hank.)

At just $15 – cash only at the door – the play is a real bargain. You can also prepay via the website below.

“Goodbye Freddy,” by Elizabeth Diggs, plays through Sunday, May 1 at the Geery Theatre. Please visit www.emhpros.weebly.com for more information.

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