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Bell, Book, and Candle, by John Van Druten
Did i not see the same play?
Saturday, October 23, 2004
3.0
How did this production get two "5's"? I expected one fine piece of art. Were the actors having a bad night the evening that I went to see the show? Do they give you special glasses to watch this play that I didnt receive? The set was ok. The costumes were actually pretty good. The acting was better than most community theatre. To be fair, the "house" seemed to dig it. But there was something missing for me. Somehow - it just wasn't as good as i hoped for. Shawna Tucker as lead witch who bewitches Jason Vaughn as Shep (a single publisher) - was "fine". She seemed less glamorous, less vivacious than the part seemed to be written. But I would like to see her in a meatier role. Her best scenes were with Coco Chalfant as Queenie. The chemistry with Mr Vaughn, was missing. Just not believable. He was not bad either. He had moments. But those moments, again, were usually played with other characters - not with each other. For a play about magic - there was no magic between these two. If he were older, or she younger, i could buy it more. If she and he even matched in sex appeal it would help alot. Neither seem to be bad actors. In fact, if pushed, or under better direction, with better scripts, and forced into bigger obstacles and drama, I imagine they are probably both very good. But this is not that play. Mr. Vaughn's stage presence is solid - but his acting does not live up to the reviews, and doesn't match his energy. The comedy is not all that funny. The drama not all that poignant. Charles Green & Eric Roach were both very entertaining, however. If there was comedy that had me rolling, it was always due to their expert timing. The biggest problem I saw, was that actors with stage presence overshadowed actors who did not. Blame the script. Blame the director. Blame casting. I don't know. Good venue. Comfortable seating. Good performance space. Just wanted ... more.

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