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Average Rating Given : 4.00000
Reviews in Last 6 months :

Same Time, Next Year, by Bernard Slade
Not the Same, but that's not a bad thing
Sunday, February 6, 2005
Being a huge fan of the movie, I went to see Same Time, Next Year with a little doubt in my mind. Having seen a number of shows featuring these two actors, both at Onstage and other venues, I felt it was worth a try.

While the script is very similar to the movie, it is not 100% the same. Both actors are strong, and I didn't feel either 'channeled' Alan Alda or Ellen Burstyn, which would certainly be a temptation. There did seem to be a lot of Carol Burnett-type sight gags, making the show more of a situation comedy than the warm-n-fuzzy movie, but maybe that is how the script is written? Both actors do pull my heart strings when the time comes. Both actors portray the see-saw of emotions and maturity that is what makes the story so lovable.

My main reason for the rating is the set and design. I wish there was a way to give the show a 3.5 overall. I was disappointed with the set design and set dressing. I have seen a whole lot better from Onstage, however the set did appear to function well. (the walls did not shake when doors were slammed, but why green sheets for 1950's?). I guess the details I usually expect from them were just not there. The scene changes will tighten up as things go along, but I guess I had hoped for something more visual (like the movie, sorry). The audience did seem to enjoy the snips of songs and jingles, so maybe this will work its self out.

Over all, the show was enjoyable and worth a go-see. Acting=4.5, Costumes=4, set design=2.5., set dressing=3, props=3.5.

Beached Wails, by Topher Payne
Saturday, November 16, 2002
Well, I saw Beached Wails last year and couldn't wait to see it again. Well, it is not the same cast. Enough said.....

Jekyll and Hyde in Concert, by Wildhorn / Bricusse
Great voices/great idea
Monday, November 11, 2002
I really enjoyed the concert performance of Jekyll & Hyde. I really did not know anything about the show, but the music is great. I have two of the songs stuck in my head and will probably have to find a copy on CD. The voices are awsome- especially Mr. Cook. I was impressd with the quality of singers at such a small venue. The band had 1 or 2 minor problems, but that is to be expected in a fully live performance. (I was pleased that the music was live and NOT on tape!) I am glad to have been exposed to a new musical that I might not have ever had the opportunity of ever seeing.

Parallel Lives: The Kathy and Mo Show, by Kathy Najimy and Mo Gaffney
Sunday, September 15, 2002
I saw Parallel Lives last night. These two women will knock your socks off. It is a show about relationships and 'women's issues', but it is not 'male bashing' in any way. Men in the audience were having just as much fun as the women! I was afraid that I would be disappointed in the show- the HBO special is pretty funny. But this show is staged differently and well worth every penny. You get a chance to "see" each actress change from one character to the next - literally! At first I was skeptical of the gimic, but I loved how each actress 'put away' the last character and 'put on' the next one. Run- don't walk- to see Parallel Lives. You won't want to miss this!

Blue Plate Special: Della's Diner #4, by Tom Edwards, Music by Harris Wheeler
a real good time.....
Tuesday, July 23, 2002
Well, if you've been followin' Della through her trial and tribulations, then you know what's up. For this production, (a different cast from the one last spring) I'd give the cast a 4+, the music a 5, set a 5, but the script is a little slim. But then, no one expected this to be an intellectual comedy.....! But it's well worth the trip.

Onstage Atlanta's new home is on the way to being really nice. It is very different from what I expected - sort of a circus of colors - but comfortable with potential. Good luck on the new digs.

Ruthless: The Musical, by Joel Paley
I love this show !
Saturday, June 29, 2002
I saw Ruthless last week. I had never heard of the show before but was invited by a friend. Most modern musicals have weird music you can't even hum. Ruthless is full of great lyrics and tunes that I found myself singing all week.
The premise of the show is a little girl who is highly talented and will do ANYTHING to get the lead role, her 'untalented' mother, and the mystery woman who drops in to guide both of them to fame and fortune. But who will win the lead in the family? I don't want to give it away! This campy, clever musical spoofs several major classic motion pictures and will keep you laughing all the way through. Excellent performances by the entire cast. I give it top marks across the board.

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