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REVIEWS

42nd Street, by Michael Stewart & Mark Bramble
Not Cumming Back
Monday, October 24, 2011
1.5
42nd Street is the lullaby of Broadway musicals, sweet, soothing and catchy. When done right, the dancing amazes and the music sticks in your head for days. But when done wrong, the overly simplistic and cliché script comes to light, and watching it can be more an annoyance then a pleasure. The Cumming Playhouse's production unfortunately rests in the annoyance category, although I commend this small play company for taking on such an ambitious show. Although there are a few standouts--the actresses playing Maggie and Andy Lee come to mind--most of the cast disappoints with low energy and wooden delivery. The dancing is hit or miss--a crucial aspect of this show--and here its mostly miss. The orchestra is somewhat good, but easily gets sidetracked with missed cues and at times goes off tempo. The energy of the show drags, due to a mostly lethargic cast, which is made worse by the small stage area as the actors and dancers have no real space to move around. I have heard good things about the Cumming Playhouse, but this show disappoints, and I don’t see myself ever "Cumming" back.

Arsenic and Old Lace, by Joseph Kesselring
What a blast!
Monday, November 30, 2009
4.5
This was one crazy screwball comedy, a pure a marvel to watch. The direction in particular was top notch, as the script came to life with energetic pacing and delightful staging.

The cast was quite good, although the supporting actors were slightly stronger than the leads. The funniest were Rob Hardie as Teddy and Charles Green as Dr. Einstein. And the cops were wonderful too, especially Paul Boehlaert and Rial Ellsworth. Of the leads, I really liked Robert Egizio as Jonathan the most. The others weren't quite at Egizio's level, but still were very entertaining.

All of it was very entertaining! I had a great time. Very well done, Georgia Ensemble Theatre!

Thirteen Hours, by Jennifer Simmons and Scott Simmons
Best Show Ever!
Monday, November 16, 2009
5.0
Thirteen Hours is stunning. The music is lively and enduring. The book is raw, honest and very real. What makes it all remarkable is local talent, from here in Atlanta, put this totally hot and sexy show together.

When I last saw this show, a younger edition, it was simply called "Us". Although that earlier version was remarkable, the new edition, "Thirteen Hours", is even more amazing. The acting and singing by the talented ensemble is incredible. Lani Brooks, Jennifer Simons, Joel Rose and Scott Simons are the highlights. The entire cast demonstrates tremendous talent and great energy.

But the directing is what puts this contemporary musical over the top. There is now a tighter focus and more showbiz bang, wham and pow. Malcolm Haymes is one hell of a director to make something that was already great even greater.

I strongly urge everyone in Atlanta come see this fabulous show! You won’t be disappointed!

Don't Dress For Dinner, by Marc Camoletti
Entertaining
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
3.5
"Don't Dress For Dinner", now showing at the Rosewater Playhouse is a frenetic farce, complete with confused relationships, cheating couples and numerous misunderstandings. Penned by Marc Camoletti, the play is marginally humorous, and the script lacks much of the sophistication and perception one expects from an English or French farce.

This is not to say the show isn’t clever or amusing. It can be, at times. The cast is in fine form, and together they handle all the racy double entendres and broad physical comedy with aplomb. Although the entire cast is delightful, LeAnna Lambert stands out as a true comic marvel.

But the plot is painfully thin, and the one-liners wear out by the end of the first act, when most of the two-timing has been exposed. Plus the director's staging also appears limited at times, as if comic inventiveness is in short supply. Needless to say, if the aim is only to entertain, Rosewater succeeds. As the previous reviewer hinted, get alcoholic beverage, sit back and enjoy.

Don’t Mention My Name, by Fred Carmichael
Disappointingly lackluster
Monday, September 14, 2009
2.5
For a screwball comedy to be successfully staged, one must start with an energetic and whimsical cast. Regrettably this is not the case for ‘Don’t Mention My Name’, a contemporary farce with a Pentagon twist now showing at the Kudzu Playhouse. Not that there isn’t ample opportunity for such fun. Fred Carmichael’s script is highly amusing, and his script borders on the ridiculous - with abundant shenanigans and many humorous vignettes.

Disappointingly, much of fun is lost by an uneven cast and lackluster direction. Scenes are paced slowly and low-energy acting disrupts the flow between the many vignettes. More gravely, the central figure, played by Lane Teilhaber, turns in a flat and uninspired performance as the disheveled amnesia victim.

Not all is lost, there are silver linings. Angie Waller hits all the high notes with her tour-de-force performance as Jane. Likewise, Greg Fitzgerald, in his numerous yet brief appearances, is marvelously funny as an exercise nut. Both Ms. Waller and Mr. Fitzgerald light up the stage with their exuberant energy and vitality. If the rest of the cast could turn similar performances, this wouldn’t have been such a hard show to sit through.

Company, by
Terrible production
Tuesday, July 31, 2007
1.0
After attending what is an admittedly difficult-to-stage and suppose-to-be urbane Stephen Sondheim tuner “Company”, I literally ran screaming from the theatre, followed closely by my equally disgusted husband and mother, after watching one of the worst productions of a musical I’ve seen in years.

What we suffered through was amateurish enough to make us gasp in our seats as we witnessed off-tune singing; non-acting; direction that appears haphazard; rudimentary, self-congratulatory, and clueless choreography; design elements that work against the piece every step of the way; and technical problems with lighting that disrupted the flow and presentation of this terrible production.

In the middle of the evening is Bill Mahlandt as eternal bachelor Bobby. Poor Mahlandt has a strong voice and good stage presence, but he is left to fend for himself amongst a cast of orators, and with nothing to react to, his character flattens. Save for one other, the terrific Dennis Lewallen, the “company” is uniformly awful. Rachel Miller as Bobby’s girlfriend Marta is perky, but rushes through her lines and adds trills to her singing of “Another Hundred People” to cover for the fact that she can’t sustain notes on key. Lisa Williams’s Susan, Lee Carp’s April, and Charlie Miller’s Larry all perform their lines with generic or no emotions. Finally, Katie Rouse’s performance of the iconic Joanne showed that she was both too young and unable to produce the necessary blowzy attitude crucial to her role.

I recognize that it is easy for critics to fall into the trap of praising and condemning with grand words, but I cannot exaggerate the depths to which this production burrows.

Us...The Musical, by Jennifer Simmons
Bravo! 5 stars!
Wednesday, June 13, 2007
5.0
I'm new to theater review.com. I have never been here before and don’t know anyone. I just accidently came across this website when googling “us…”. It was such a fabulous show I wanted to learn more. So I googled it, and so here I am. Let me tell you about a really great theater experience I just had. "us..." is a remarkable story. The music is really, really good,-amazing really considering its a completely original musical. the characters are rich, enderuing, and the script is deeply personal. It is about the interwoven lives of three amazing women, aptly performed by Jennifer Simmons, Lani Brooks and Kristine Polasky.

First and foremost I applaud the brilliant brother and sister team of Scott Simons and Jennifer Simmons. I'm not crazy here, but Scott is a musical genius. i knew that. but he is also a sensual and enduring actor with a wonderful voice. Goosebumps went down my spine, along with a few tears, as belted out soulful melodies. Jen is the complete package, sexy with a tremendous acting and singing abilities who is the voice behind the story.

This really is an ensemble piece with tons of talent demonstrated by the entire cast. Lani Brooks and Kristine Polasky,-who along with Jennifer-played the three women whose lives are inner twined as friends and life companions. All three are fabulous. The men are hunks, especially Marc Milddebrooks as Armand, Jennifer’s romantic partner. The scenes between Marc and Jennifer are incredibly sexy hot,-something you have to see too believe. Marc provides enough HOT comic relief with his scenes with Jennifer that it adds a realistic dimension to Jen’s portrayal. Makes it that more realistic and nerve-wacking. Amazing! A very personal and heartwarming and contemporary experience.

I recommend this show to everyone! come see it before its too late!

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