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You're A Good Man Charlie Brown, by Clark Gesner
Good Grief! It was good
Saturday, April 22, 2006
4.0
Robert Egigio and Jeff McKerley have orchestrated a pleasing, if not brilliant production with "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown." Linda Uzelac's accompaniment was appropriate and flawless. The costuming was sketchy at best. Charlie was dressed in the obligatory "Charlie" mode. Sally was creatively and colorfully costumed, while the remainder of the cast, inexplicably, looked as if dressed in Value City rejects and rummage sale castoffs. There were some slightly distracting stage management glitches, as well. The scenery was cartoon-perfect.

The casting was mostly on-target. Chase Davidson adroitly characterized the diffident Charlie. Taylor Driskill was annoyingly Lucy throughout. The temptation would have been to cast a more naturally obnoxious personality, but Taylor handled the task to near perfection, skillfully keeping the self-centered and annoying Lucy just on the brink of unbearable throughout. Jimi Kocina was purebred as Snoopy, making it difficult at times to determine whether he, Charlie, or Lucy was the star. The chance obviously taken in casting Royce Garrison, who's stature tended to dwarf the others and took a bit of getting used to, paid off in actuality. He brought home a very credible performance, with his surprise "Beethoven" solo underscoring Schroeder's dedication to his favorite composer, and he may even have overshadowed Snoopy's "Super time." Liz Birmingham's child-like demeanor and stature served her well in her delightful portrayal of Sally. John Hardy gave an adequate performance, oddly tiptoeing and swaying around as Linus, though his character did grow more endearing as the show progressed.

The entire male cast, along with Taylor Driskill had strutted their stuff in a cabaret performance the week prior to opening night. They guys performed well, with Royce shinning. Taylor proved in this performance that she possesses and knows how to use one of the finest mezzo-soprano voices anywhere, even though "Charlie Brown" was not really a venue for showcasing her awesome vocal talents.

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