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Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice
Hey guys, it's "Community Theater" remember?
Sunday, May 23, 2004
5.0
Wow, I've never seen so many self-proclaimed theatre critics massing in one place. In a world where well connected Hollywoodites can produce multi-million dollar garbage year after year, can none of you critics appreciate people who do it for the love of it? Jeez.
Let's face it. Anyone with the guts enough to participate in any form of community theater should be applauded. Generally speaking, these shows are done on a shoestring budget with the actors paying for their own makeup and many times, their own costumes. They work at it for ridiculous hours in theaters so filthy, prisoners could sue if they had to live in them. Of course they are doing it for the love of it! If anyone is complaining about paying their "hard earned" cash to see this show, nobody made them see it.
I saw it this past weekend and had a great time. The house wasn't packed but everyone I saw seemed to enjoy the show, with quite a few people hanging around afterwards to compliment the actors. I don't know who played what part, nor do I care. I had a great time, felt I got my money's worth and I wasn't even drunk! Some actors were better than others, but hey, that's ALL theatre.
The narrator was fabulous and kept the pace of the show up. Joseph was well cast. The band was great, but not too overbearing, which surprised me with the smallness of the stage area. The brothers were shorthanded, but so is McDonald's and they pay money. The Mr. & Mrs. Potiphar scene was great and funny. The Elvis was dead on and not at all over the top as another viewer mentioned. The kids were a good as could be expected with their various ages.
There were several areas where the end of a scene seemed to purposely drag on for an extra ten seconds or so, but each one seemed to lead into what appeared to be a massive costume change for the next scene. I'm going to go out on a limb and theorize that the theater did not have a budget for a costumer backstage and was forcing a little extra time for the changes. Oh well, I can live with that.
All in all, I and my date both got our money's worth and left with a smile. If you didn't leave with one, you probably didn't come in with one either. If you're going to complain about the whopping $16.00, see how far it will take you at the gas station.

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