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Tick, Tick ... BOOM!, by Jonathan Larsen
Thursday, September 22, 2005
Last night I ventured into the sublevels of the Woodruff Arts Complext to the Alliance Theatre's Hertz stage. As the neon sign for the theatre drew closer, my excitedment mounted. I was going to see 'Tick...Tick...Boom!' I had read about it, I had listened to the cast recording and I had learned everything I could about the show. Still, I was not expecting what I saw last night. As you enter the theatre, you see the set (beautifully designed and very well constructed, as always with the Alliance) and hear ambient noises of New York City. It made me anticipate my November trip to the city even more!

Finally, the show started, and I scooted to the edge of my chair, and would end up staying there for the rest of the show. The cast was unbelievable. Matthew Scott perfectly captured the frustration, the stubborn optimism and the charm of Jon's character, and his voice was great. I hope to see more of him in the future. As Susan, Soara-Joye Ross was wonderful. A magnificent actress with a phenomenal voice, her "Come To Your Senses" was one of the most memorable moments of the show. Michael was played by Dwayne Clark, a veteran of two Rent tours. I had high expectations after reading his credits, and they were lived up to tenfold. The audience could sense his mounting fear and feel his pain, and he shined through some very difficult scenes.

The highlights of the show for me were "Johnny Can't Decide," "Come To Your Senses," "No More," "Why," and "Louder than Words."

Every time I see a Kent Gash show it further proves to me that the man is an absolute genius. He took what was already a strong piece of theatre and found new moments, opportunities for humor and interpretive tricks that continue to wow me as I sit here the next morning, still affected by the splendor of this production, of one of the best shows I've seen in a long time.


The Fantasticks, by Tom Jones and Harvey Shmidt
I could not imagine it better!
Tuesday, February 8, 2005
I was fortunate enough to see Pace Academy's production of the world's longest-running musical twice! And, to be perfectly honest, I wish I had been able to see it again.

The directors decided that such an intimate production was too small for Pace's 600 seat auditorium, so they downsized, putting seating for 250 on the stage. The small stage, with it's "prop trunk" trap door and functional corner ropes (used for hanging up random set dressings) was positioned by the fly system. If only all black boxes were designed like this makeshift blackbox!

The show was directed by Pace's usual brilliant team, and such an intimate production gave them a chance to truly show what they could do.

In the role of the narrator (El Gallo) was Jeff Crosley. In the past, Jeff has had such roles as Bottom in "A Midsummer Night's Dream" and Thenardier in "Les Miserables", so it was nice to hear him talk and sing in a normal voice, with no accent! His singing was lovely and his interpretation of the character was perfect, big and outrageous when necessary, yet sensitive and reserved when appropriate.

The two lovers, Matt and Luisa, were played by Cameron Smith and Lara Goodrich. Cameron's lyrical tenor voice was perfectly suited for the music. A personal highlight for me was his "I Can See It." His performance was youthful and fearless. Lara Goodrich has got to be one of the best high school performers around. Her voice is powerful and gorgeous, and this hard-to-act role seemed effortless for her. Her "Much More" was arguably the best musical number in the show.

The two parents were played by Vanessa Petrosky and Jack Garcia. These two had outstanding chemistry, and some of the best comic timing I've ever seen. VIVA PUERTO RICO!

The two actors were played by Jay Gard and Eli Mazursky. Both of them were definitely playing different roles than we have seen from them in the past. After all, in November, Jay was playing Gavroche in "Les Miserables" and now he's playing someone well into their 70s or 80s. The two were outrageous, and you couldn't help but laugh every time they were onstage, whether they were speaking or not.

Last, but certainly not least, we had Alyssa DeSocio as the Mute. An underrated role, the mute is responsible for the flow of the show, and, since the stage is totally open, must act as the stage manager. Knowing Alyssa personally and knowing how OCD she is, this was perfect for her. She also has very good body control, and that is of course important for a mime-type role.

One of the best shows I've seen in a long time, and I can't wait for the spring, when Pace Academy will be presenting "Little Shop of Horrors."

West Side Story, by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim
Pebblebrook’s “West Side Story” a Tremendous Success
Monday, January 31, 2005
Last night I ventured out to the Cobb County Civic Center to see some friends of mine in Pebblebrook High School’s production of West Side Story. Let me start off by saying that my initial reaction when they announced the show was negative, seeing as how the masterpiece is often not done properly. I tried my best to go into the theatre with an open mind. The first thing the audience experienced was the overture. Problem: the music was canned. But then the dancers came out, and the choreography was outstanding. These kids really can dance. There was not one piece of choreography I didn’t like, and everyone danced beautifully as well.

Tony was played by Cary Tedder, and he did quite a nice job. Singing in the more “classic” musical theatre style is not what you usually hear from him, but he did a very nice job. He acted the role with sensitivity and it was an outstanding performance. Maria was played by Elizabeth Davidson. Her dyed-brown hair looked natural on her and she was so pretty. Her acting was great but her singing is unforgettable. She has got one of the most beautiful voices I have ever heard. Her control is fantastic, her power seems never ending and she sings with wonderful expression.

Playing Riff was my good friend Patrick Martin. Patrick is one of the most dynamic performers I’ve ever seen, and his voice is great. One thing about Patrick, though, is that I’ve never seen him over-act. Nor is he ever too subtle. He always seems to find the perfect balance for the wide variety of roles he plays. For not being dance-prone, he did a very good job with the choreography as well. We were treated to an incredible Anita played by the beautiful Liberty Cogen. Her voice is phenomenal, her acting is phenomenal and her dancing is phenomenal. Honestly you could pull her out of high school and put her on the tour of Thoroughly Modern Millie right now. She’s AMAZING. There were no leads I didn’t like, overall. One thing I particularly enjoyed was the strong ensemble. Time after time one goes to high school shows and sees a terrible, dull, lifeless ensemble. These people were on all night and they were great.

Because of the canned-music I give this production an A-. If you can make it out there tomorrow, by all means do, because it will be the best high school production you ever see.

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