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a Musical
by Stephen Sondheim/George Furth

COMPANY : Actor's Express [WEBSITE]
VENUE : Actor's Express [WEBSITE]
ID# 289

SHOWING : November 01, 2001 - December 22, 2001



Everybody around him seems to be 'coupling.' Still, Bobby clings to his single status with rare tenacity -- and becomes the focus of every conversation. Featuring favorites like "The Ladies Who Lunch," "Another Hundred People," and "Being Alive," Sondheim's score is marvelously nuanced, the perfect match for this witty, perceptive story about the quest for 'completion' -- from without and within.

Fight Choreographer Jason Armit
Music Director Barry Nicora
Director John Ruocco
Marta Rebecca Blouin
Larry Bryan Davis
Robert James Donegan
Jenny Judith Franklin
Harry Wier Harman
David Kevin Harry
Kathy Kristie Krabe
Sarah Jennifer Levison
Paul Thomas Liychik
Joanne Kathleen McManus
Amy Mindy Merchant
Susan Marcie Millard
April Laurie Strickland
Peter Brit Whittle
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Much Ado About...Not Much
by Ophelia98
Monday, November 19, 2001
Have to agree with most of the previous review. I'd never seen a full production of this show before, but knew the score very well. I'd always expected Bobby to be an absolutley dazzling character, even a bit larger than life. It's the only reason to justify why over a dozen people are borderline obsessed with him. However, I was a bit disappointed how this Bobby is portrayed, low-key - very low-key. I, too, kept thinking to myself "He seems like an okay guy, but what's so fascinating about him that these people are losing sleep and risking their marriages over?" Plus, I wasn't sure about which time period is was supposed to be set in. The interesting set is definately late-60's/early 70's. The costumes looks like retro-70's. But the modern magazines in the first scene are a definate giveaway and I don't know if that was intentional or not. I honestly don't think this show works as well in a modern setting. There's nothing odd at all today for a man to remain single after age 35 (or a woman either for that matter), so I don't get why all these couples think there's something wrong with Bobby for not being able to make a committment yet. There's nothing wrong with him, he just hasn't fallen in love yet, leave him alone, people!

The one aspect that does hold up is the bittersweet views on married life. The touching song "Sorry Grateful" is probably the most honest song ever written about real-life marriages. And the rapid fire "Getting Married Today" still packs a comic punch.

The supporting cast is first rate and the staging is very imaginative. But with a lackluster Bobby and an outdated premise, I'd only recommend this show to die-hard Sondheim fans only. [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]
Wet-Blanket Bobby
by Dedalus
Monday, November 19, 2001
Actor's Express has an imaginitively staged, well-sung, enthusiastic "Company" on its stage. So why is the production so, well, underwhelming? I think it's because of its leading character. This Bobby is a drag. He is so angst-ridden, so dull, so whiney that I have no interest in him, and find little reason why all these people find him so irresistible. Obviously cast for his singing ability (which, I must say, is quite good), he nevertheless makes the most charmless Bobby I have ever seen (and this is the fourth). The supporting cast is wonderful, and all their numbers are perfectly realized (although the karate sequence was more pushing and shoving than actual karate). But let's be honest -- do you know ANYONE who gets this upset about not being married? [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]


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