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The Third Howl
a Musical Comedy
CATEGORY : COMEDY MUSICAL
by Patrick Cuccaro

COMPANY : Theatre Decatur [WEBSITE]
VENUE : Theatre Decatur [WEBSITE]
ID# 1834

SHOWING : November 16, 2006 - December 17, 2006

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PRODUCTION DESCRIPTION


Three ambitious dogs and a streetwise cat learn during Thanksgiving and New Years that cooperation and respect can overcome the mightiest of obstacles. Take a heartwarming musical journey into a world where cats and dogs are all too human.

As the three dogs put together a plot to feed all their hungry brothers and sisters during the holidays, a cynical abandoned cat witnesses their essential goodness and, in one of the shows highlights, transcends her own prejudices in order to help them when their plan fails.


CAST & CREW LIST
Composer and Musical Director Kevin Sanders
Director Patrick Cuccaro
Director and Playwright Patrick Cuccaro
Director, Coreographer, and Playwright Patrick Cuccaro
Stage Manager Ellen Gaydos
Costumer Clint Horne
Assistant Musical Director Camilla L. Sanders
Assistant Coreographer De Juan V. Wilson
Louie Mark Feldman
Sally Cat Jennifer Hendrickson
Hoover Zachary Solomon
Lamont Jacob Wood
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REVIEWS

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A Howling Failure
by FrankRich
Thursday, December 14, 2006
0.0
Appalling. Th8rluvr's comments are, if anything, generous. There **are** a couple of cute numbers but the show itself is a dismal 100 minutes, the music is pedestrian, the lyrics sophomoric and none of the performances are affecting. That includes Hendrickson's who has some talent but has been poorly directed (she spends most of the show sitting on staircase!) and even worse, badly musically directed (she has the voice but she can't sing the material, as least not the night I saw the show).

Note to Zachy: When a theatergoer pays to see a production -- especially $20 or more -- at a community theater (which is what TD is, regardless of what it may call itself) or anywhere else for that matter, you are entitled to see a **production** -- not a work in progress. There is a time and place for those, too, but it not on the mainstage of a theater that is advertising a finished product for sale.

Theatre Decatur ought to be embarassed, and ashamed of itself as well. The show desperately needs worskhopping, and passing it off as ready for an audience is a disservice to the writers, the cast and, most importantly, the audience. No wonder there were 20 people there on a Saturday night; what little word of mouth there's been has been awful.

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Bad Doggie!
by th8rluvr
Monday, December 4, 2006
2.0
Let me preface this by saying I love Theatre Decatur and I applaud them for trying new works. However, they missed the mark big time on this show.

What is being billed as their holiday show is nothing more than a painfully long children's show about 3 dogs and a cat joining together to end hunger for the neighborhood animals. The story just happens to end in December around the 25th.

The script is weak at best, very repetitious and boring at worst. And the songs don't mesh with the story. Some songs were tolerable, mostly Sally Cat's, but the ensemble numbers lacked something - maybe not enough harmony. And the male singers just didn't have the chops to keep up with Hendrickson. She is clearly the best performer here, and unfortunately this results in a very uneven show. You find yourself sitting uncomfortably through the dogs numbers to get to a brief glimmer of light when Hendickson is on stage.

I also had a hard time getting past what I felt was unnecessary local references that were peppered throughout the show. Whenever Cafe Lily or Eddies' Attic was mentioned, it pulled me completely out of the story.

I saw that Theatre Decatur will be presenting this as their holiday show in 2007. I really hope that it gets a complete re-working before then.

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