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Zorro: The Curse of Capistrano, by David Richmond (developed by David Richmond/Drew Fracher)--based upon the works of Johnston McCulley
Impressive Opening Show
Thursday, January 26, 2006
4.0
For purposes of disclosure, I will confess that I am friends with several members of this cast. Despite the loyalty of friendship, I had my doubts about how well this ambitious task could be executed. I'm part of a generation raised on action heroes. If you decide to take on this genre, you had better do it well. You run the risk of looking like the old Adam West "Batman" series, and I can't imagine a worse fate. Actually, that is what I expected. I was pleasantly surprised.

The action scenes were solidly executed. The sword fight scenes were well choreographed, and succinct. The conflicts are not as intricate or lengthy as a Dread Pirate Roberts/Inigo Montoya duel, but everyone showed great prowess. The biggest compliment I can give in this area is that I stopped watching technique and was caught up in the excitement of the battles.

The director did a great job with casting. Everyone in the cast provided strong performances. How often can you say that? I'm actually trying to think of anything I would consider weak, and I can't. I didn't agree with all the actorís choices, but all choices were well portrayed. I do have to agree with others that the reuse of certain actors was not only humorous, but at times confusing.

I also agree with the prior reviewer that the sound detracted from several of the scenes. The music selections were great. However, scores should be an underlying support of a scene, not a source of competition. There were many moments both dramatic and humorous that were lost due to the overpowering musical element.

In regards to the acting talent, my favorite performance came from Marcus Durham. I hadnít heard of him prior to seeing the show, but the guy has an incredible presence on stage. His delivery and timing were perfect.

Matt Nichie was a tremendous villain. He played the role with enough inner turmoil to keep the character from being simplistic, yet you hated him none the less. The character, I mean, not Mr. Nichie.

It was nice to see the Sloan sisters in this production. Oliviaís voice was as wonderful as ever, although her opening narrative was lost against the volume of the score.

As far as our hero, Zorro, Goldston delivered a very strong performance despite a wardrobe malfunction on the night that I attended the production. I thought he handled both personas equally well.

Congratulations to Turning Point on a very polished opening production.



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