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Cabaret, by John Kander and Fred Ebb
Leave Your Troubles Outside
Wednesday, June 6, 2007
4.0
First of all my brief overview of the Shakespeare Tavern in case you have never been. It is a charming and quant theater with a nice menu (not gourmet, but nice) and a decent little beer and wine selection and an apple crisp at intermission to die for. The seating is very tight but not uncomfortable as long everybody isn’t getting up at the same time. I would defiantly recommend getting there early so that you can enjoy the full experience.

Now for my humble little opinion of the show. From the moment the curtains open until the final note is sung I felt the audience was being masterfully lead to a different time and place by the Emcee, played by Jeff McKerley. His ability to portray humor and heartbreak with the emotion of a lyric or a gesture was skillful to say the least. I thought “I Don’t Care Much” in the second act was especially powerful.

The relationship between Cliff, played by Matt Nitchie and Sally, played by Agnes Harty was nicely done. I felt the actors did a great job of defining their characters area of naivety (his in the Cabaret lifestyle, hers in the changes that politics would make in all of their lives). Watching their lives evolve hit on every emotion helping make their characters multi-dimensional.

But, I think I enjoyed the Fraulein Schneider (Ellen McQueen) and Herr Schultz (Clark Taylor) story the most. The actors portrayal showed a great sensitivity in the budding romance and a heart wrenching honesty in later decisions. At first I wasn’t sure about Ms. McQueen’s voice but it grew on me. I realized that it was the perfect voice for the character.

The Kit Kat Klub girls and boys were fun to watch and listen to. And I think an extra round of applause should go to the actors that acted, sang, danced and made up a large part of the orchestra. Some of them playing multiple instruments and slipping in and out of the orchestra as their parts on stage dictated … well done.

This show seemed to flow so effortlessly and I’m sure that is thanks to the director, choreographer and music director. If I could have I would have given this show a 4.5 or maybe even a 4.75.

The only little complaints I have are that I would have liked to have seen something else done with the set. I can’t even put my finger on what it is … a little more or a little less, I’m not sure. And the bouncing brick really was a little funny at a really not funny time.

So, in closing … do go to the Shakespeare Tavern to see Cabaret and do leave your troubles (and kids) outside (or better yet, at home).

Into the Woods, by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine
Surprisingly Enjoyable
Wednesday, August 2, 2006
4.0
I went with a friend, rather reluctantly, not really wanting to sit through a Sondheim production. But, I was very happily suprised. The cast was strong, each playing their part with enthusiam and good solid talent. I especially enjoyed Jack, Mark Schroeder, singing "Giants in the Sky" and the charming-ness of the Princes and the sweetness of Sara Holton as Cinderella. If I had any little complaints about the acting it would be that Little Red was a little too shrill for me, yet Miss Cookson played her character very well. And it was hard for me to hear and understand Rapunzel's lines.
The set was great considering the small space, as was the lighting, music and even the stage hands did a good job. But,like the other reviewers, I had a problem with the costumes. Where as most of them were beautiful, Sleeping Beauty and Snow White looked like Ma and Pa Ingalls'girls somehow got off the prairie and into the woods. They just didn't make any sense relating to the characters and show.
With that little error in judgement put aside I would highly recommend this show. It really was surprisingly enjoyable.

Hair, by Gerome Ragni, James Rado and Galt MacDermot
Hair ... what a "trip"
Monday, February 14, 2005
5.0
And what a fun and satisfying "trip" it was. Other than a few little problems I thought this was a terrific production. My biggest complaint was with the sound. There seemed to be a short in one of the speakers that caused a lot of static and the voices at times faded in and out. Hopefully next weekend this will be better.

All of the actors did well in their parts. Some stood out more than others. While Brian Godleski did a fine job acting as Berger he needed to anunciate better and in comparison to the other singing voices he fell a little short.

Alex Picca was Claude. I didn't come out thinking "Wow, he as amazing" but rather "Claude was so real" which I think is the greatest compliment ... to be completely believable as the character you are playing.

Kristie Krabe was amazing as Sheila. Her voice is beautiful and the strength and vulnerability of her character was played close to perfection.

Mark Schroeder was just too memorable as Woof. You just have to see the "love scene" to understand what I'm saying here. He also gave stong vocal performances in Sodomy and What A Piece Of Work Is Man.

John Jones gave a terrific performance as Hud. I could have listened to more of him and Vallen Dior. What strong and beautiful voices they both have.

I don't think there could have been a better way to open the show than with the voice of Alli Simpson singing Aquarius. Wow!

And Gabrielle Herlungson gave such a touching and sweet rendition of Frank Mills.

The set was perfect, the lighting was unbelievable and the directing seemed flawless.

I would highly recommend seeing this show. There are thing that would be offensive to some like the sex, language, drugs, nudity ... just to name a few. So, with keeping that in mind take a "trip" to see Hair.

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