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Cobb Playhouse and Studio2
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Annie Warbucks, by Thomas Meehan, music by Charles Strouse, lyrics by Martin Charnin
Good show for "community theater"
Thursday, December 29, 2005
4.0
I agree with the first reviewer on most points. The reviewer, as this is the first visit to theater in Georgia, may or may not know this venue is the epitome of small town theater. Acworth? Where's Acworth? But with that in mind, this is a grand show and one show I would highly recommend for a night out with the kids. The actors (mostly) are indeed lively and entertaining. I loved Commissioner Doyle and Mrs. Kelly! To me, they WERE the show. FDR was good at times. Daddy and Grace are great and yes, the one hillbilly scene is sooooooo slow and the director/actor is sooooo bad, but the rest of the show is full of life! So I figure one slow part is ok. It's a nice touch to have a dog onstage. Even though it's not an exact Sandy type mutt, the kids enjoyed it. As for the children, I thought they were great! The bunk bed scene especially, with the choreography and small solos, received huge applause I noticed, and I caught myself with a big grin at the end.The majority of scenes were hard to follow because of minimal set changes. In one scene I forgot they were on a "boat" until the scene ended and then it didn't make much sense. They needed boat scenery,but that's small town community theater. I looked into Cobb Playhouse a while back (when I saw a previous show that was awful)and they are a nonprofit with little or no employees and a very small budget- hadn't known that. Now when I go I take that into consideration when reviewing. It makes a difference if you're used to professional shows. I hope they can get some REAL support. Imagine this show with a budget! I've talked to directors all over Atlanta and everyone is having attendance trouble. This show had about 2/3 of the seats filled when I came. Anyway, a 4 from me because I really enjoyed it and would have no problem sending someone to see it. It was a real pleasure.

Footloose, by Dean Pitchford. Music by Tom Snow, Kenny Loggins, Sammy Haggar & others
Really good show (surprise!)
Sunday, August 7, 2005
4.0
Wow. I am impressed. Cobb Playhouse is coming out of its shell. First, I Hate Hamlet's scripted (or maybe not) onstage R rated language in gasp! Acworth of all places, to lots of (thankfully) milder pg13ish language in Footloose. But besides all the unnecessaries, this was a really good show. I only mention the language because of the unusual amount of youngsters in attendance. I guess the title alone brings back good memories for the thirty/fortyish generation who happened in with youngsters in tow.
Opening night went off without a hitch as Ren (Grant McGowen) tried his best to screetch out high notes while pulling off some jump/dance/choreography stunts good enough to earn an Olympic medal. (The in air splits sent chills down my mates spine). Ariel (Jamie Link) did her best to project her finely tuned vocals into hearing range of the audience. Even though we could actually hear her a little better, the one time use of the microphone didn't quite fit into the the rest of the performance. But I have to admit, these two had a certain chemistry fully developed by the end of the show. They really seemed boyfriend and girlfriend. Their scenes together, alone, were right on.
And good old Reverend Dad. He was brilliant (Michael Shikany). So natural,and into this character completely. As a parent, you could relate to the feelings he projected onto our very souls. Wow. Told you I was impressed.
There were many touching scenes including cutsie cowgirl Rusty (Emily Dillson) singing Let's Here it for the Boy as she watches her cow"boy"friend learn to dance, just for her. Where in the world did that voice come from?
This was a well cast show. Kudos to the director who couldn't keep still in his seat. Sit down or go back stage already.
From Mother Vi,(Mandy Cook) with a mother's love extending to all, to the Principal (Dana O'Bryan) with eyeglasses perfectly perched at the end of her nose, to the handsome, 3 Musketeering well-choreographed dancing and singing cowboys and even the very funny, big guy always being sent to the principal's office. Good job everyone. The less desirable troublemaker, Chuck, (Andy Leach) was ok. I just didn't feel him.
The story line flowed well, made sense and ended on a high note. The audience, I feel, left on a high note.
But guys, LOSE LOSE LOSE the Roof is on Fire bit. You insenuate an extreme curse word (hello, take a look at who your audience is and what your theater promotes(family theater)- kids were there and their parents are cringing) and when done again at the end, made us lose the exciting Footloose high your last scene had successfully created. It just doesn't fit this show.
But, I Highly recommend seeing it. I may call to see if it has been toned down so I may bring my nieces. It could be so much more with less. I loved it.

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