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The Robber Bridegroom

a Musical Comedy
CATEGORY :
by Alfred Uhry/Eudora Welty

COMPANY : Theatre Gael [WEBSITE]
VENUE : 14th Street Playhouse [WEBSITE]
ID# 311

SHOWING : September 21, 2001 - October 21, 2001

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PRODUCTION DESCRIPTION


CAST & CREW LIST
Artistic Director John Stephens
Director Sherri Sutton
Musical Director John Whitworth
Light Designer Elisabeth Cooper
Assistant Stage Manager Cosme Gardner
Costumer Kathy Gerkin
Stage Manager Olivia Narr
Choreographer Sherry Weeks
Little Harp Bryan Davis
Airie Juliana Finch
Goat's Mama Fiona Leonard
Ensemble Ricky Marson
Rosamund Marcie Millard
Goat Nevin Miller
Ensemble DeWayne Morgan
Raven Elizabeth Rickert
Clemment Musgrove Al Stilo
Jamie Lockhart Geoff Uterhardt
Big Harp Rob Warren
Salome Musgrove Donna Wright
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REVIEWS
The Experts Say...

Creative Loafing
by Curt Holman
Unknown
Curt liked this production--calling it clever and entertaining. He liked the direction and use of space although "at times the production veers awkwardly between bawdy slapstick and wholesome entertainment," which may not be suitable for kids.


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Come Let Your Hair Down!
by Penny Hart
Tuesday, October 2, 2001
5.0
Haven't had more foot-stompin' fun in a coon's age! Very well and imaginatively done. Wonderful music. Great for the whole family (kids over 12). [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]
A Tonic for the Spirit
by Mama Alma
Sunday, September 30, 2001
4.0
Long before the television set turned Americans' living rooms into a 24 hour window on the world entertainment was a community affair. People gathered in city halls, barns, schoolhouses, churches, out of doors - anywhere spacious enough to accommodate a crowd - and entertained each other as a relief to the hardships they faced in life. They played instruments, they danced, they sang, they cracked each other up. And they told stories, marvelous stories. That's the beauty of "The Robber Bridegroom." It's a wonderful story, woven from bits and pieces of history and fantasy, fairy tales, myths, tall tales and whimsy. And like all good tales, it's alternately scary and exciting, funny and touching, with a lot of toe-tapping, knee-slapping music thrown in to boot.


Theatre Gael's rendition is a lively and energetic one, and the talent is certainly up to the challenge. The wonderful Donna Wright is suitably vicious/hilarious as the evil stepmother. See if you don't recognize the precursor of several Disney villainesses in her Salome. Nevin Miller, Fiona Leonard and Juliana Finch are real standouts, both in the pre-show singalong they lead and later as the pungent Goat Family. Bryan Davis is always a joy to watch, and Rob Warren is a real crowd pleaser. Together, they do indeed prove "two heads better than one." And the puppets well, they're not my cup of tea, although there was that one moment between Rosamund and Al Stilo's frog . . . Take your kids: between Rob and the puppets, they'll have a blast.


But I'll have to admit that my favorites were Geoff Uterhardt and Marcie Millard, as the roguish Jamie Lockhart and the winsome Rosamund. Determined to stay apart, destined to become lovers, they have several of the play's most beautiful musical moments together, and both these kids can really sing. Or maybe I'm just a sap for a good old fashioned love story. After all, what girl hasn't secretly wished her white knight came with a cool hat and a billowing black cape!


It's a shame all the music couldn't have been live. There was great live music before the show. And during the show several songs were accompanied by guitar or fiddle (as in the "several beautiful moments" referenced above). The several songs done live only served to show up how lacking the tracked accompaniment was. In any case, it's a minor quibble with what was otherwise a rollicking good time. So pack up the babies and grab the old ladies and do-si-do over to Theatre Gael. It's good for what ails you.
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Yeehaw good time.
by kellyswilley
Saturday, September 29, 2001
4.0
Ever listened to an older relative tell a srory for about the 50th time? Then you know how it gets embellished with each telling. That is the inspriation behind the style chosen for Theatre Gael's The Robber Bridergroom. Whether using a main character or the ensemble, the play propells the audience into the world of tall tales (much like Pecos Bill). The audiene has no trouble accepting this as reality. For the most part, the cast does a wonderful job of sticking to the style. Marcie Millard grasps Rosomund's innocence and naive charms while remaining true to the humor and largeness of the style. Nevin Milller, as the inbred Goat, is the requisite lame-brained unwilling instument of evil. Who would think that that would be as charming as it is? And Donna Wright carries the humor through the play with her oversexed, underappreciated Salome. Several poeple in the audience were quoting "BYE" thanks to her comic brilliance.

Sherri Sutton brings a touch of downhome humor by putting together the Goat Family Bluegrass Extravaganza, and the trio takes it from there. Prepare to tap your toes and sing along in the preshow.

Sutton(director) has chosen to bring puppets into the mix. A briilant idea when executed correctly. Let's just say that some actors get the concpet better than others.

The only chritisism I have is that the music was recorded. Not too distracting, but there is fodder for more interaction with the band and more authentic sounds when the bluegrass is played live.

The theme of the evening is good fun. Leave your analytical thougths of Checkovian theatre at the door and come ready to be entertained. Believe you me, you will be.

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