PHOTO: Jeffrey Herbst, from left, Doug Mancheski and Paul Helm star in the 2014 edition of American Folklore Theatre’s “Guys on Ice.” Len Villano photo
On the day we’re with Lloyd and Marvin, they don’t catch a fish. Nothing happens that way. Everything changes in other ways because of a visitor they itch to see show up – Cubby, a guy on cable TV with a fishing show. Oh boy, FAME.
The tale of Lloyd and Marvin is told through “Guys on Ice,” a musical comedy that has returned for a summer run on the American Folklore Theatre main stage in Peninsula State Park in Door County. It’s a great show (5 stars out of 5), laced with knee-slap humor and poignant moments.
Written by Fred Alley and James Kaplan, the show has been around since 1998. It’s been produced 10 previous times by American Folklore Theatre and scores of times by other theaters around the
Starring in this production are Jeffrey Herbst as Lloyd and Doug Mancheski as Marvin.
The characters: Lloyd is having trouble at home. His wife has left him. Their anniversary is coming up, and Lloyd’s offer to spend the day at the Packers-Bears game at Lambeau Field is just about her last straw. Marvin, also a true-blue Packers fan, is the guy Cubby is coming to see because Marvin is the king of fishermen. Marvin’s woman problem is he can’t quite break the ice with the check-out girl at the Pick ’n Save. The thought of her tattoo of a Packers helmet warms his heart. Lloyd is the sharper and more thoughtful of the two guys; he embraces the wonders of nature. When the two tell jokes, it takes Marvin 12 beats to catch on to Lloyd’s. Most of all, Lloyd and Marvin are friends. They know how to pick each other’s scabs, but they’re still friends to the core. Ernie the Moocher is irrepressible. He lifts beer and bait shamelessly and shamelessly breaks into songs on goofball mini-instruments.
The performers: Doug Mancheski has played Marvin in American Folklore Theatre productions from the start. He’s been Marvin in hundreds of performances. Many hundreds. If this were sports, Doug Mancheski would have some sort of record – certainly for number of times for a right-handed, blue-eyed, master-of-fine-arts actor from
The Fred Alley-James Kaplan songs strike multiple chords. “Ode to a Snowmobile Suit” is sheer comic joy as the guys extol the virtues of their suits while playing them like rhythmic musical instruments. “Everything is New” celebrates the awe of Earth, essentially. “Fish is the Miracle Food” comically savors fish. “The King” finds Marvin glorying in himself in the manner and moves of Elvis Presley.
“Guys on Ice” is about two friends from
Creative: Book and lyrics – Fred Alley; music – James Kaplan; conception and research – Fred Alley and Frederick “Doc” Heide; director and choreographer – Jeffrey Herbst; music supervisor – Collin Welford; music director – Tim Lenihan; scenic design – James Maronek; lighting and sound design – David Alley; stage management – Neen Rock; costume and props design – Kathleen Rock.
Cast: Marvin – Doug Mancheski*, Lloyd – Jeffrey Herbst*; Ernie the Moocher – Paul Helm*.
“The Wishing Hole,” Marvin, Lloyd
“The Guy on TV,” Marvin
“Ode to a Snowmobile Suit,” Lloyd, Marvin
“Everything is New,” Lloyd
“The King,” Marvin
“Things Ain’t Like They Used to Be,” Ernie
“The One That Got Away,” Lloyd
“Fish is the Miracle Food,” Lloyd, Marvin
“The Marvin I Knew,” Lloyd
“What’s Mine is Yours,” Ernie
“Your Last Day on Earth,” Lloyd, Marvin
“The Beer in the Bucket,” Lloyd, Marvin.
*- Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers in the
THE VENUE: American Folklore Theatre performs in a scenic, 800-seat amphitheater in
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