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Theater of the Stars1
Rosewater Theatre Company1
Average Rating Given : 4.00000
Reviews in Last 6 months :

The Woman In Black, by Stephen Mallatrat (Based on the novel by Susan Hill)
Creepy Fun
Sunday, October 12, 2008
"The Woman in Black" by the Rosewater Theatre is a very well done play that features two very talented actors. From the minute I walked into the theater, I knew this would be a special show. The theater was in the round and only a fourth of it was full. The usher told us all to sit in one particular section, until it was full. A couple sat in a different section. Only 30 people attended the show.

The set only consisted of a few tables, chairs, stools. The lighting mostly set the mood for the show. The doors where the actors entered and exited looked very good. The balcony where the rocking chair was added a nice creepy touch during the scenes in the house. The lighting and the sound was superb! As was the special effects. But I have one suggestion: during the marsh scene when the marsh projection is on the floor, it would've made it even better if a fog machine was incorporated into the effect to make it extra-erie and marsh like. The surround sound was great and the horse carriage effect was very realistic. Overall, the sound and lighting were better than average

Kipps and the Actor were both great. Kipps (Sorry I forgot his real name because I lost my program) did a great job portraying many different characters in the show. The actor was also very good, but not quite as convincing as Kipps was. He had many moments that were good, such as the moment (*spoiler*) where he told the audience of his wife and child dying. One thing I didn't like about him was how he under-reacted to a few of the situations. When we hear the rocking chair sound effect, he really didnt do that much... But he was nevertheless a great actor, and was still very believable.

I've been hearing this show is apparently very scary. It really isnt a *scary* show, it's more suspenseful... So it isn't that bad. But, my 13 year old sister did also come see it and thought it was very scary. So I wouldn't recommend taking anyone under age 12 to see this show, as they will probably be frightened during Act 2.

So overall, I was very impressed by this play. It really is amazing when two actors can carry an entire show by themselves. It definitely is worth a see!

Sweeney Todd- The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, by Stephen Sondheim
Friday, October 3, 2008
I've decided to revise this review after I've thought alot about this show lately.

I recently watched the DVD version with Angela Landsbury as Mrs. Lovett, and I found it amazing! MUCH better than this production at the fox. In BWAY across America's recent production,Toby and Antony were the only performances I enjoyed. Having the characters play instruments just did not work for me, and the show was very bland, even with having 13th row seats (or something like that).

I gave it a 4.5 on my original review, which I dont know why. But now that I think about it, I found the show to be incredibly boring. Singing wasnt too amazing, and acting was boring...

So I just felt like revising that review, because my opinions have changed on it.

The Color Purple, by Oprah Winfrey
A Very Moving production
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Wow. This was my first time seeing The Color Purple, and I was very impressed. Everything was almost flawless. Definitely one of the best Theater of the Stars shows I've seen. the set was very artistic, the costumes were well done, and the lighting was great. But most of all, the singing was beyond amazing. Celie had one of the best voices I've ever heard. Her closing number gave me chills. LaToya London as Nettie was superb (she was one of my faves on American Idol). The lady who played Sofia was absolutely hilarious and added a touch of comedy to this somewhat dark show. The only thing I didnt enjoy about seeing the show was that I was 4 rows from the back of the orchestra. I couldnt see ANY facial expressions. After the 1st act we moved to the left side of the orchestra and sat in the 30th row. But I still couldnt see any facial expressions. The Fox just wasn't a good venue for this show. Another thing: the dancing was very original and creative. "African Homeland" was very cool and added a unique African feel to the show.

Definitely see this show! It's a must see! You will not be disappointed.

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