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WORKING - A Musical

a Musical
by Studs Terkel, Stephen Schwartz, Nina Faso

COMPANY : Theatre Arts Guild
VENUE : Georgia Perimeter College - Marvin Cole Auditorium
ID# 1786

SHOWING : October 27, 2006 - November 05, 2006



Based on the best-selling book of interviews with American workers by Studs Terkel, Working explores the American workday from the Monday morning blues to the second shift blahs using the original words of some uncommon common men and women. Take a peek into the lives of a parking lot attendant, corporate executive, schoolteacher, UPS man, housewife, fireman, waitress, millworker, etc., as they sing and talk about their jobs, defining not only their daily round, but their hopes and aspirations as well.

Starring the talents of: Jeffrey David Gibb, Barbara Griffin, Lee Griffin, Rob Roy Hardie, Massa Hoff, Lee Jones, Syndee Kalick, Kristie Krabe, Judit Llorens, Richie Mitchell, Robert Murphy, Kevin Pierce, Gabriel Rincon Mora, Sally Robertson, Jínai Walker and Clarke Wolfe.

The production is directed by Jennifer Jenkins, with musical direction by Annie Cook and choreography by Mary Nye.

Music Director Annie Cook
Director Jennifer Jenkins
Choreographer Mary Nye
Lighting Design Gerard Foret
Mike Dillard Jeffrey David Gibb
Amanda McKenny Barbara Griffin
Anthony Coelho, Joe Zutty Lee Griffin
Al Calinda Rob Hardie
Maggie Holmes, Roberta Victor Massa Hoff
Ensemble Lee Jones
Ensemble Syndee Kalick
Delores Dante, Millwork Soloist Kristie Krabe
Ensemble Judit Llorens
Rex Winship Richie Mitchell
Conrad Swibel, Ralph Werner Robert Murphy
Ensemble, Mason Soloist Kevin Pierce
Roberto Nunez, Charlie Blossom Gabriel Rincon-Mora
Candy Cottingham J'nai Walker
Babe Secoli, Grace Clements Clarke Wolfe
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They Worked It Out - A 3.5
by MusicMan
Wednesday, November 8, 2006
I wish I had been able to get this in sooner while the show was still running - alas, TAG only runs 2 weekends. Such a shame because the production value of this show was pretty good. TAG Always does a great job with their space with sets, lighting and sound.

Working is a tough musical - the show is made up of a series of snippets of daily lives of workers, and the monoluges at times do not flow very well, and the music is a broad range of styles - musical theater, folk song, pop and rock. I just get the feeling that this show never meshes well in any production - it is in desperate need of a re-write.

However, I felt that some of the actors did very well with what they had to work with. The cast is a nice mix of students and professionals.

Standing out is Kristie Krabe. She truly shines as the soloist in "Millwork", and steals the second act with "It's An Art" She is definitely the strongest vocalist of the group.

Sally Robertson gets two great character moments as a teacher with just a bit of a racist side and a desperate housewife (before they were so fashionible!)

As the narrator, Jeffrey David Gibb did a fine job, but as an actor I feel he has a bit of growing to do. His character was at times uneven, but there were moments of brilliance (Fathers and Sons) which made me realize he could be one to watch.

The ensemble was hit and miss. There were some numbers that were downright unbearable (Brother Trucker, The Spanish Song) And some of the timing of the actors in their songs and monolouges were way off. It seemed really out of proportion with the perforances mentioned above. I guess that is the balance you have to master in a college production.

Overall, though, it was an enjoyable evening of theater. [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]
I agree, I agree, I agree!!! by MeisnerGuy
Yes, TAG should run longer - I guess they have to accomodate the college's schedule

Yes, It is a very uneven musical. I think it has already been re-written...

Yes, Kristie Krabe... I never get tired of this girl. I am so glad she's still in Atlanta

Yes, Sally Robertson - she needs to perform more

Yes, Jeffrey David Gibb. Huge voice, is going to be good if he sticks with theater.

Yes, the ensemble was spotty, however, I felt like your comment alluded to the fact that it was the students who were under par, when I would consider some of the Non-Students as the weak links

Yes, overall this was a good production. When I saw it, there were some technical glitches with the microphones, but overall a good production. I was going to review it, but you pretty much said everything I was going to say...

You forgot one of my favorite parts - at the end when the billboard flew out and there was the slideshow of all the workers in their everyday lives... I got chills (even if it was a bit of a Rent rip-off - the movie anyway).

Top 3 Theatres That Need to Run Their Shows Longer by Okely Dokely
From our home office in Sioux City, Iowa...

1. Atlanta Lyric Theatre

2. Georgia Ensemble Theatre

3. Georgia Perimeter College
"Working" works sometimes and sometimes not
by FromMyEyes
Tuesday, October 31, 2006
Last Friday I attended the opening of this show that I saw a few years back in Arizona. The first time I saw it, I was greatly impressed. Howe can you go wrong with songs by several well known composers including James Taylor and Stephen Schwartz? This production was hit and miss.

The best part of the show for me was Sally Robertson who played several roles including a school teacher and a housewife. She brought a stirring reality to her characters and really helped us to see them as more than generic stereo types. Each character was different and fresh to watch. Another actor I enjoyed was Rob Hardie as parking lot guy Al. He seemed to have fun playing this character. I enjoyed his jazz style number and his group of female back ups. He also played a trucker in one scene. It was a nice number, but that's all. His portrayal of a fireman almost brought me to tears, though the language was harsh. He pulled it off well. Kristie Krabe did a really nice job as a waitress and seemed to sparkle as she sang. Her "Millwork" number was nice (staged well too)but the girl delivering the monologue seemed flat and emotionless. This robbed Krabe of what could have been a powerful number. Jeffrey David Gibb has a lovely voice and great musical theatre energy. Not sure if I completely bought him as the Construction worker, but this was due to age. Massa Hoff did a very nice turn as a Maid frustrated in her work and hoping for a better life for her daughter.

Where the show falls flat is the lack of depth or energy from most of the ensemble. They seemed bored, and the opening number seemed lackluster at best.
The spanish number was disasterous. I speak spanish and could barely make out what theyw ere trying to sing. The male lead was great, but the ensemble seemed to be muttering. The finale was just odd. Odd because again, the cast seemed to be muttering. The set was very well done, though I didn't get why it was on a construction site when so many other vocations are represented. The overall staging was hit and miss. Some numbers worked really well, while others made no sense at all.

When the show works it really works. But the low energy and miscast moments just don't. Stll, it does have my vote as a show worth seeing. [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]


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