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The Boys from Syracuse, by Rodgers & Hart
I got the BANG for my buck!
Sunday, March 28, 2004
4.0
I saw the show on Friday and enjoyed this production of The Boys from Syracuse immensely. Although this is not my favorite script, It was quite funny and the talent in the cast was spectacular. The plethora of talent is not usually seen in a high school, but North Springs is different. Many of these students have very bright futures ahead of them.

Andrew Durand as Antipholus of Ephesus was outstanding. What an incredible voice! He had a great portrayal of the character and he seemed sincerely love struck by Luciana, played masterfully by Natalie McGee. These two had SUCH great stage chemistry, it made me wonder if they were a real-life couple (rumors confirmed they are not however).

Jimi Kocina played Antipholus of Syracuse and was of course wonderful as the masterful "Player" of the show. He showed that he genuinly loved his wife in the song "The longest day of the year" A very versataile actor and he was incredibly funny during the Courtesan's scene.

Amber Moorer was my favorite. She had me on the edge of my seat every time she came out and she was just to funny. She had INCREDIBLE stage presence and I wanted her to be on stage a lot more than she was. She made up for the areas both Dromio's (Micheal Wolmer and Max Flick) lacked. She had an INCREDIBLE VOICE as well. I can't wait to see her on the great white way.

Jana Fruchtman as the merchant from funny was actually probably my favorite. She just didn't have as big of a role as Amber Moorer. She always brought fun to the show.

Paige Anderson was fantastic as Fatima. She was a beautiful girl and was a fantastic dancer. Obviously a seasoned actor she also brought a nerdish quality to her character that was very enjoyable to watch.

Nikki Dillon as the Courtesan was fantastic as well, although I felt there was something lacking. She did a wonderful job though. Her and Antipholus together are very very funny.

The Dromio's were good, but not great. So was Adriana (Kristen Wolf). She almost seemed to break character a couple of times. She did have a pretty good voice though. The lighting could have been better. All in all, though, I thoroughly enjoyed the show. Congrats cast!

Jane Linton

PS - Did I mention how fabulous the ensemble was as well?

Les Miserables, by Boubil/Schonberg; based on the novel by Victor Hugo
They need an orchestra!
Sunday, February 1, 2004
3.0
I saw Brookwood's production of Les Miserables last night and thought it was done well enough. While I think this show actually deserves a 2, I'm boosting up the score because the actor's were so fantastic and it was only the orchestra that really kept them down. Had they had an orchestra (and a few better stage pictures) it would have been alot better.

Some standouts for me would be Val Jean (Neal Echols). He has one of the best baritone voices I have heard on or off broadway, and the way that he switched in and out of falsetto, though at times a bit shaky, was incredible! I was however a little dissapointed with his performance of "Bring Him Home". I believe in the power of stillness, and he just moved around too much and it distracted from this beautiful song, which was incredibly sung. If he had stood still for it I believe that I would have been moved to tears. Other than that, his portrayal was fantastic and heart-wrenching - I really enjoyed seeing him transform from a convict into this incredible man.

Another standout would have to be the incredibly talented Galen Crawley as Eponine. She had a beautiful voice, and I loved her portrayal of her character. She was perfect for the part. As a SOPHOMORE, she has much to come ahead of her. I can't wait to see her in more roles. The only thing I didn't like about what she sung was the fact that it was obviously with a CD, making it impossible to give the correct emotional effects. She did incredibly with what she had to work with however. She's an incredible actress and she will go very very far in life. I give her performance a 5.

Standout #3 comes from Madame Thenardier (Gretchen Gordon). It was obvious this girl has done more than high school shows and has had stage training, a thing I couldn't really tell from a lot of the actors. She was incredibly funny and her comedic timing was perfect. She had a very strong voice and was a thrill to watch on stage. She's going far, she just needs to keep doing stage so that she doesn't lose this magnificent ability that she has been given.

Some scenes I especially liked were the Final Battle and how they turned the bariccades to show the deaths of Gavroche and Enjolras. I also liked how the sewers was done, with the spotlight coming up. It gave a real sense of time.

I enjoyed Javert's (Travis Hockswender) death a ton and thought it was done very well. While through most of the show I felt that Javert lacked enough anger I thought his portrayal of stars was done well, and showed that he was not really the antagonist of the show.

I thought Fantine (Julie McDaris) was a bit of an overactor and wish that she could have kept the character a bit more "normal". SHe did have good presence however and had a beautiful voice. However, for being an overactor, her song "I Dreamed a Dream" didn't provide the angst that I associate with the character.

Something I didn't like was when the actor's turned there back to the audience. For example, when Cosette (Jennifer Stephan) was singing to the gate at the beginning. It didn't do anything to enhance the character. She was a pretty girl but I felt she lacked the vocal ability(she got very shrilly when she went high) or stage presence to play Cosette. "One Day More" Was a mess, but this was no fault of the actor's, but was obviously a director's choice. Cosette and Marius had an invisible wall it seemed between them but then they broke it - It just didn't make any sense to me. And with the Thenardier's in apparent view of Val Jean, and the Val Jean left the stage! It was very bizarre and was very poorly done.

Another complaint, and probably my biggest, is the fact that their needed to be an Orchestra. There was also a TON of mugging from the actors, especially the ensemble, and it was horrible and apparently obvious. Other than that great show, those of you that did well did VERY VERY well, and well, that's that.

A Christmas Carol, by Adapted by Wally Hinds
A Christmas Carol I will never forget!
Wednesday, December 24, 2003
4.0
This is the first show I have seen at Kudzu Playhouse, and boy did it satisfy me. Every year around this time, I go all around Atlanta finding different Christmas activities to partake in, and A Christmas Carol is one of my favorites. Seeing the show Monday night really made me wish that I had seen it last year at Kudzu. The cast was spectacular, and the setting was a sight to see as well.
Certain performances must be accredited, however. Of course, Scrooge (Brink Miller) did a fantastic job, the best I have seen in years. I must agree with the critic before, he really came to life in his scene and I saw not an actor, but Scrooge. Ghost of Christmas Past was very well done as was Marley (Chris Arapogolou) and Ghost of Christmas Present (R.P. Foster). The sincerity of the Belle/Scrooge break up scene was heartwrenching, a part of the show that was very well done. The two who played Belle and Scrooge have great stage chemistry, and I hope they do more shows together. Scrooge stays true to his older self, and Belle is very meek and sweet. Belle played the role so realistically that she leaves the audience almost in tears, sorry for her plight. Bob Cratchit was so well done, I believe that myself and all of the mother's in the audience were touched by his sincerity. I was balling when Bob Cratchit comes to terms with his sons death. I think it helped that his real son was Tiny Tim, but he still gave a heart warming performance and never abandons his role as a caring employee and father.
The only thing to gripe about were the sound cues and the light cues. They were a bit off and the sound was very abrubt whenever a song would come off. Other than that, the show was fantastic, one that everyone involved in should be proud of. Bravo!

A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickes
A Christmas Carol I will never forget
Wednesday, December 24, 2003
4.0
This is the first show I have seen at Kudzu Playhouse, and boy did it satisfy me. Every year around this time, I go all around Atlanta finding different Christmas activities to partake in, and A Christmas Carol is one of my favorites. Seeing the show Monday night really made me wish that I had seen it last year at Kudzu. The cast was spectacular, and the setting was a sight to see as well.
Certain performances must be accredited, however. Of course, Scrooge (Brink Miller) did a fantastic job, the best I have seen in years. I must agree with the critic before, he really came to life in his scene and I saw not an actor, but Scrooge. Ghost of Christmas Past was very well done as was Marley (Chris Arapogolou) and Ghost of Christmas Present (R.P. Foster). The sincerity of the Belle/Scrooge break up scene was heartwrenching, a part of the show that was very well done. The two who played Belle and Scrooge have great stage chemistry, and I hope they do more shows together. Scrooge stays true to his "older self", and Belle is very meek and sweet. Belle played the role so realistically that she leaves the audience almost in tears, sorry for her plight. Bob Cratchit was so well done, I believe that myself and all of the mother's in the audience were touched by his sincerity. I was balling when Bob Cratchit comes to terms with his sons death. I think it helped that his real son was Tiny Tim, but he still gave a heart warming performance and never abandons his role as a caring employee and father.
The only thing to gripe about were the sound cues and the light cues. They were a bit off and the sound was very abrubt whenever a song would come off. Other than that, the show was fantastic, one that everyone involved in should be proud of. Bravo!

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