IF YOU GO
What: Original satirical musical written by Neapolitans Rick Compton and Betsy Bennett
When: 5:30 p.m. Thursdays, starting June 21
Where: Mongello's Restaurant, 4221 U.S 41 East (at Lakewood Blvd)
Cost: $24.99 per person, plus tax, tip and bar.
Information: Reservations required; call 239-793-2644
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4221 Tamiami Trail (US 41), Naples, FL
Collier County comedians Rick Compton and Betsy Bennett, who've written and performed more than a dozen original musicals around Southwest Florida, hope to find a new humor bargain at the flea market. Their latest snappy satire, "FleaBitten," opens Thursday, June 21 at Mongello's in East Naples.
"FleaBitten: A Day at the Flea Market" chronicles the lives, loves and looniness at one particular intersection of commerce, camaraderie and counterfeit. The 75-minute show features 14 all-new original songs. Audiences will meet characters like Cap'n "Golden Buds" Baldrick, blues singer Good Time Charlie, wigmaker Earlene and free-spirit Ariel.
"FleaBitten" starts an open-ended run on Thursday, June 21 at Mongello's Restaurant, located at 4221 U.S 41 East (at Lakewood Blvd). Showtime is 5:30 p.m., with the show starting about an hour later.
In true flea market style, tickets originally priced $199 are marked down to $24.99 per person, plus tax, tip and bar. Reservations are required; call 239-793-2644.
The Daily News thought it would be fun to let the comedians show off their sassy sides and tell us about "FleaBitten" via a Q&A. We weren't disappointed.
Naples Daily News: A flea market? Which one of you mangy curs have fleas?
Compton & Bennett: Grammar! This question should read "has" fleas. The subject of the sentence is "one" and calls for a singular verb. What!?! Did you get your grammar from the flea market?
Naples Daily News: Tell us. Is it true that "if you lie down with bargain hunters, you wake up with flea markets?"
Compton & Bennett: I once woke up with a flea market ... no ... wait. It was a plea marker ... the pen they give you in jail to check "not guilty."
Naples Daily News: So. This is your 14th show. You're in high school. What's that like?
Compton & Bennett: The stage we are shoved onto at Mongello's is larger than the locker we were shoved into in high school. But the lighting is much better. And the sound. And the food. Definitely the food. Especially the food. Yum!
Naples Daily News: What's the strangest thing that's ever happened at a Compton & Bennett show?
Compton & Bennett: During a performance of "Assisted Living: The Musical®" at a country club in Fort Myers, a lady in the center of the front row fell asleep beside her husband and wouldn't wake up. While we were singing "Goin' to the Chapel and We're Gonna Get Buried," the EMTs were taking her out on a stretcher. She was fine. We sent her a CD.
Naples Daily News: Where did you go to research this? Was the parking bad? And did they have a bar?
Compton & Bennett: Flamingo Island. Home of ... unimaginable things. Plenty of parking. And the bar? It's set fairly low.
Naples Daily News: Have you ever been to a flea market?
Compton & Bennett: Why? Is something missing?
Naples Daily News: What was the strangest thing you saw, bought or found at a flea market?
Compton & Bennett: Probably the teeth whitening booth that became the headlight lens refinishing booth. Same product, different labels!
Naples Daily News: Who's got the sexiest moves in the "FleaBitten" stalls?
Compton & Bennett: That would be Earlene, our resident hairdresser and wig maker. She's been at the flea market since day one. All of her wigs are made from 100% locally grown hair. She knows because she swept up every strand herself!
Naples Daily News: What great bargains will audiences find at "FleaBitten?"
Compton & Bennett: Autographed pictures of Jesus and left-handed bowling balls.
Naples Daily News: If you had to describe Compton & Bennett as a stall at a flea market, what would you sell?
Compton & Bennett: Dirty laundry.
Naples Daily News: Which is more of a challenge at flea markets - the hags or the haggling?
Compton & Bennett: Actually, haggling for the hags. They'll drop everything but their prices!
Naples Daily News: George Washington, George Harrison, George Gershwin or George Jetson? And why?
Compton & Bennett: Boy George and George of the Jungle. They'd make a cute couple!
Naples Daily News: In rhyming couplets, give us four lines on why audiences should see "FleaBitten."
Compton & Bennett: How 'bout a limerick?
A flea market in old Nantucket
Sold it all from the cow to the bucket
If ya wanna be gettin'
Tix for "FleaBitten"
You should call when you first read about it in the paper because these shows sell out fast!
Call Mongello's at 239-793-2644 for reservations to "FleaBitten." Find out more about Compton & Bennett at comptonandbennett.com.