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1776, by Peter Stone and Sherman Edwards
Surprisingly good!
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
4.0
I saw the Sunday afternoon production, too, and was completely surprised how much I enjoyed it! 1776 is not a widely-known show and there are no mainstream songs. But, that can make for a wonderful experience when you don't really know what to expect.

On the technical side, the set and costumes were incredible! Very authentic!

The orchestra added so much, especially the violin and drums!

The cast was outstanding! I felt myself wanting to cheer for Adams in his quest for American independence, especially during Is Anybody There. I wanted to dislike Rutledge and Dickinson for all the obstacles they seemed to be puting in Adams' way. Franklin was so believable, I honestly felt he had been reincarnated and hand-delivered to be a part of this cast. Although within the cast there were a few first-timers, all individual performances were exceptional! Cheers to all the cast but I would be remiss if I did not specifically mention the performances of Adams, Franklin, Jefferson, Rutledge and Dickinson.

On the less than positive side, it was hot! But, even that led to the credibility of the moment and I could truly say, I could understand how hot it must have been in Philadelphia. No show is perfect and there were several minor flaws but none that would take anything away from the overall production.

I've seen several of St. Mark's productions and have thoroughly enjoyed them all. And, 1776 is no different! Congratulations to Ms. Clausen for directing a truly moving and humorous production, full of life, and to the cast for realistic and believable acting!

I hate it that Seth was so turned off, but, to each his/her own. Enough said.

Congratulations again, St. Mark! May you continue to produce exceptional community theater!

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