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Average Rating Given : 3.25000
Reviews in Last 6 months :

Cabaret, by Kander and Ebb
Does "Atlanta Professional Theatre" mean "bad community theatre?"
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
When I go to show produced by a company called "Atlanta Professional Theatre" and pay $22.00 for a ticket, I expect the production to live up to the name and ticket price. This production does neither. I never expect perfection, but I DO expect good production values and a tight, cohesive, production.

As mentioned MANY times before me ... the sound was terrible. It completely ruined the show. It doesn't matter how talented the cast is, if you can't hear anything, then it doesn't matter. I found myself consistently reading my playbill during the show just to pass the time. I contemplated leaving at intermission, but since I paid so much money, I decided to stay.

I don't think any of the reviews on here are too harsh. The production was just a complete mess. Where was the direction? I felt like very few of the actors had ANY sense of their characters and that is largely the director's fault. I really couldn't appreciate the singing of any of the actors because even they had beautiful voices, the sound was so distorted that is ruined any vocal quality. (Imagine a person singing through a megaphone ... that's what the sound quality reminded me of)

Another issue I had was the overall age of the cast. Why did the director cast such young (and young-looking) people?! Definitely reminiscent of typical community theatre, where they have only 20 people audition and everyone gets a part.

Unless the "Atlanta Professional Theatre" moves to a new theatre, hires a completely new production team, and lowers ticket prices, I will not be returning to see another show. I feel like no matter how talented the cast is, sound quality and poor direction will ALWAYS be an issue with this company, and I don't think I can sit through another production of this caliber.

What a shame.

Urinetown: The Musical, by music and lyrics by Mark Hollmann and book and lyrics by Greg Kotis
What an amazing show!
Monday, June 9, 2008
Let me just start of my saying that I saw the show at OnStage a couple of years ago and I was a little bit hesitant about seeing the show again since it was still fresh in my memory. This show is not only a COMPLETELY different production, it is much better than its predecessor. (which I thought was a great show as well).

I don't want to spend a lot of time comparing the two shows, because, like I said, it really is very different. But a couple of things that should be noted:

The set is MUCH improved from the previous production. The set was the one aspect that I found a little bit lacking in the last production, but this set is just great, very professional. Before the show I just spent my time taking it in and looking around at all the details.

Blocking and Choreography is also stronger than the last production. The blocking makes great use of the space and the choreography is just all around tighter and more effective.

I'm not going to compare the past cast members to the new cast members because that's just not fair, so I'll comment on this cast as a whole.

First and foremost, the ensemble is absolutely mesmerizing. The cohesiveness and sheer POWER of the voices are certainly chill-inducing. Every member was strong and I would be hard pressed to name a single standout because they are ALL powerhouses. The energy that they all exude just seems endless!

As far as the principal characters go, a few standouts are Googie Uterhardt as Lockstock (and his hilarious counterpart Joey Ellington as Officer Barrel), Jenna Edmonds as Little Sally (she's so darn cute!), Clint Pridgen as Bobby Strong (with a voice that will leave you in awe), and Robert Wayne as Caldwell B. Cladwell (What a commanding presence). I would also be remiss if I did not mention the powerhouse voice that is All Simpson. Every time she opens her mouth will leave your mouth hanging open.

I was there this past Saturday and I found out after the show that one of the cast members hurt her ankle in the opening of Act II. I was so impressed with how the ensemble handled her absence .. I honestly had no clue that anything was wrong.

As I'm sure you can tell, I just loved this show. I'm definitely going to spread the word about this production, because it deserves to be seen! Congratulations to the cast and crew of this show, they made an amazing production even better! I see a lot of Atlanta theatre and I have to say that this is probably the strongest all around show that I've seen in quite a while.

"Don't be the Bunny" and miss this show!

Blood at the Root
by Dominique Morisseau
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by E. Xavier Wheeler
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Almost, Maine
by John Cariani
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BattleActs! Comedy Improv Competition
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Blood at the Root
by Dominique Morisseau
University of West Georgia Theatre Company
Daddy Long Legs
by John Caird (book) and Paul Gordon (songs)
The Legacy Theatre
Laughing Matters Winter Wonder Laughs
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Midnight at the Masquerade
by The Murder Mystery Company
The Murder Mystery Company in Atlanta
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by E. Xavier Wheeler
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Stories on the Strand
Atlanta Radio Theatre Company
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by Marc Farley
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