Have you ever been to a flea market? Not those weekend, temporary things, but permanent ones that sell everything from home paternity tests to autographed pictures of Jesus? Where the wine doesn’t breathe…it gasps?
Compton and Bennett, authors of “Assisted Living: The Musical,” are happy to bring their newest show “FleaBitten: Good Buys Gone Bad” to the Rose History Auditorium at the Marco Island Historical Museum for two performances: Saturday, Jan. 17 at 7:30 PM and Sunday, Jan. 28 at 2:30 PM.
“FleaBitten” is a romp throughwhat used to be called a thieves-and-fleas market. Inside, audiences meet Cap’n Baldrick who financed his booth called Golden Bud’s with golden buds. There’s Good Time Charlie, a blues guy who is so broke, when he couldn’t afford an operation, he had his doctor photoshop his x-rays. And hairdresser/wigmaker Earline promises all her wigs are locally grown, as she’s swept up every stand herself.
Flea markets are houses of haggle and confabs of the counterfeit, and “FleaBitten” exploits those, but the show also explores the heartand hopefulness required to work in such a setting. Perpetually rejected in the real world (her husband threw her out for bringing home one too many strays), free-spirit Ariel found a home at the flea market, and Pedro and Anita secured love, riches and green cards there.
Whether you visit flea markets or not, “FleaBitten” shows the sordid, silly and sometimes sociopathic side beneath the bargains. Tickets are reserved through www.ComptonAndBennett.com, by calling 800-838-3006 or at the MIHM gift shop.
Tickets tare $20 for Saturday’s performance, and $15 for the Sunday matinee.