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Annie Warbucks

a Musical
CATEGORY : COMEDY DRAMA CHILDREN MUSICAL
by Thomas Meehan, music by Charles Strouse, lyrics by Martin Charnin

COMPANY : Cobb Playhouse and Studio [WEBSITE]
VENUE : Cobb Playhouse and Studio [WEBSITE]
ID# 1432

SHOWING : December 02, 2005 - January 14, 2006

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PRODUCTION DESCRIPTION

The world's favorite orphan returns in the long-awaited sequel to the international smash hit "Annie." All the ingredients that made "Annie" so successful are here once again, with an old-fashioned romance thrown in for good measure!

The action picks up right where "Annie" leaves off, when Child Welfare Commissioner Harriet Doyle arrives on the scene to inform Daddy Warbucks he must marry in sixty days so the newly adopted Annie can have a proper mother. In the end, Daddy Warbucks' whirlwind search for a fitting bride uncovers not only a plot by Doyle and her daughter to strip him of his fortune, but also his true feelings for Grace Farrell.

"Annie Warbucks" is an ideal follow-up production for any theatre that has presented "Annie" (many theatres choose to run the two shows back-to-back in the same season, like episodes of an old-time movie serial). Created with both large-scale and intimate productions in mind, "Annie Warbucks" delivers all of the fun, warmth and adventure that made the original an instant classic!

Showing on Fridays at 8:00 p.m., Saturdays at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. No shows December 23, 24, 30 and 31.


CAST & CREW LIST
Director John Christian
Music Director Amanda Leigh Pickard
Keyboard Bob Russell
Ella Patterson Mandy Cook
Annie Tara Kathleen Folio
Drake Jared Foster
Oliver Warbucks Rob Hardie
Grace Amanda Leigh Pickard
Commissioner Doyle Kathy Russell
FDR Glenn Varnado
Annie Hannah Wilkinson
Mrs. Kelly Stephanie Wilkinson
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REVIEWS

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Warbucks Needs a Little More Bucks
by ferwhatit'sworth
Tuesday, January 3, 2006
2.0
There is one thing I don't like about this site. It seems that the minute an opinion, good or bad, is given about a person, suddenly there is a good buddy popping up to defend or an enemy jumping out to attack. This site is all about opinions. It couldn't exsist otherwise. A review is nothing more than one person's opinion of a show. I wish we could all remember that and stop unnecessarily attacking each other or freaking out if we read a negative review about someone we know. It'd make this site a lot healthier.
That being said, I did not care very much for Annie Warbucks. Oh, the kids were cute enough, and the Kelly/Doyle combo were quite fab. The Annie was a good singer and knew her lines. The Daddy Warbucks(that would be Hardie) and paramour were okay, the servants were okay....and wait, that's the problem I had with this show. It was okay, and a tad on the side of boring. It was never bad. Sometimes slow, sometimes dull. It just lacked something. You could see quite clearly that the performers were trying, but no ummmmphhh! I have to lay the blame on poor direction. Still, it didn't totally suck, and I would recommend the show for kids who enjoy Annie. The youth in the audience of the show I attended seem rather chipper about the whole thing and applauded like mad, so that was, at least, encouraging. So take the kids to see the show. They'll love it. But don't be suprised if you nod off. [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]
The things you do for friends
by mediahound
Tuesday, January 3, 2006
3.0
I usually try to keep away from this theater, especially after Footloose, but with the wonderful production of Quilters, I gave it another chance.
Since some Quilters cast were involved I packed up the visiting children, well teens and trekked otp, which for us is a haul. Unfortunately, I had not realized that the daddy was the same guy that I have seen in too many shows at that theater and he is not very slick. He needs to keep his day job, but I must admit that last year as Scrooge he was very good and that show had a flavor that no other has had at that theater, it was very professional and only Quilters came close. Annie Warbucks was too amatuer and the Annie was too big and not believable. She seemed not to want to be in the play. It looks like Mr. Hardie has a bit too much imput in the theater and it is not helping the reputation and is keeping the shows down and cheap looking. Please let's get some fresh faces, with more professionalism. Thanks to the music director/actor the show had some life but not enough for the admission. Cheap looking shows should be cheaper in admission price. [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]
Did you change your mind about Footloose? by Okely Dokely
I just re-read your review of Footloose and it was pretty positive overall.
mediahound by Minotaur
I have not seen Annie, but I want to take issue with your harsh, personal attack on Rob. Rob has done much to help *improve* the quality and reputation at Cobb.

Jerry Harlow
Enough already by DirectorRob
I have with held from retaliating to blatant personal attacks. You have something critical of my work? so be it. i agree that this forum is to be just that, a critic. But then there is this focus on untruths and slander. Example: I am only an actor in this show. I came in at the last minute to replace another actor. I am not accountable for lighting, sets, orphans, costumes, orchestrations, concessions, box office, toilet paper supply, carpet cleaning, pest control or any other thing. If you don't like a show, fine. Please tell me why I am the accountable one for everything that is wrong or right here? And as for other attacks on me, that are blatant insults with nothing constructive to offer ( previous reviews etc) , I say: I am really sorry if my personal style has offended, but remember art is subjective. One mans trash is anothers masterpiece.But please, lets refrain from getting personal any more. I am hoping to keep this review on this show from getting out of hand as others have. Keep it to the show, keep it to the facts. Thank you for hearing me out.
Enough already by DirectorRob
I have with held from retaliating to blatant personal attacks. You have something critical of my work? so be it. i agree that this forum is to be just that, a critic. But then there is this focus on untruths and slander. Example: I am only an actor in this show. I came in at the last minute to replace another actor. I am not accountable for lighting, sets, orphans, costumes, orchestrations, concessions, box office, toilet paper supply, carpet cleaning, pest control or any other thing. If you don't like a show, fine. Please tell me why I am the accountable one for everything that is wrong or right here? And as for other attacks on me, that are blatant insults with nothing constructive to offer ( previous reviews etc) , I say: I am really sorry if my personal style has offended, but remember art is subjective. One mans trash is anothers masterpiece.But please, lets refrain from getting personal any more. I am hoping to keep this review on this show from getting out of hand as others have. Keep it to the show, keep it to the facts. Thank you for hearing me out.
Enough already by DirectorRob
I have with held from retaliating to blatant personal attacks. You have something critical of my work? so be it. i agree that this forum is to be just that, a critic. But then there is this focus on untruths and slander. Example: I am only an actor in this show. I came in at the last minute to replace another actor. I am not accountable for lighting, sets, orphans, costumes, orchestrations, concessions, box office, toilet paper supply, carpet cleaning, pest control or any other thing. If you don't like a show, fine. Please tell me why I am the accountable one for everything that is wrong or right here? And as for other attacks on me, that are blatant insults with nothing constructive to offer ( previous reviews etc) , I say: I am really sorry if my personal style has offended, but remember art is subjective. One mans trash is anothers masterpiece.But please, lets refrain from getting personal any more. I am hoping to keep this review on this show from getting out of hand as others have. Keep it to the show, keep it to the facts. Thank you for hearing me out.
by Nettie
Rob, I'm really offended at you for the lack of tp in the ladies room. :P those who know you, love you.
Mandy
mediahound by Nettie
i do appreciate that you made the drive out to see us. I agree with Mr. Harlow however in his view of Mr. Hardie. Having worked with him as both a fellow actor and an actor under his direction, and a friend, I admit I'm prejudiced. But i have a tremendous amount of respect for the man and his love of the art. I can't imagine the amount of work and heart he puts into a play being anything other than a blessing and a huge contribution to any theatre he's a part of. And in trying to be respectful of everyone's "opinion" -- I just wanted to state mine.
by ingenueamanda
Dear Sir,
I am concerned that you do not understand the situation at Cobb Playhouse. The actors of Annie Warbucks, ie Mr. Hardie, have no input in the directon of the show what-so-ever. They are there to do their job and nothing more. Any issue you have with the direction and quality of the show should be directed towards the director. I appreciate the positive comment about the music in the show, but if you did have a problem with the musical direction, then you should have issue with me, not the cast. I was musical director and I played Grace. I also Directed Quilters at Cobb Playhouse. We are all entitled to our opinions but I request that you are more careful about researching the situation before you make public derogatory comments about individuals in the cast.
Sincerely,
Ms. Pickard
It's all relative by WaylonWhite
I feel that there are some good points to Rob Hardie's direction and some bad points. Negatively, his shows lack any thought, whatsoever, and require minimal intelligence to absorb. They remind me of my earlier days watching Howdie Doodie and Topo Gigio on the black and white telly. Ahhh, those were the days! Yet, today, I feel that I have degraded myself by actually attending a "Hardie Special". I end up at home, showering in tears, like the gentleman in "Crying Game" after realizing he had emotionally been raped. Yet, I digress from being completely rude and would like to take a moment to point out the positive part of his direction. It's all relative, you see, because Cobb Playhouse has lacked the talent to put on a good show for so long, that Rob Hardie is the best they have. Now, you could take that as a glass half full, or half empty approach. I feel that is the reason he has stayed at that theatre, is because he knows he is the best director they have, to date, and who would truely want to give up the crown? If you were to stage one of his productions at a better location, such as Chuckie Cheese, then he would be laughed out of the building. In closing, I feel that your comments on this particular production, are way out of line since he didn't direct the production. He is actually quite good at acting, I must give him that. So, let's not be so rude to the gentleman.
Oh, wow.... by ferwhatit'sworth
In one fell swoop, Waylan has managed to insult Sharon Christian, Rob Hadaway, Maria Melton, Micheal Dillson, Paine Calabro, Kim West, Mike Wasson, Steve Serotti, Amanda Pickard, Jerry Harlow, and many other great directors who have provided their time and talent to the past shows of Cobb Studios. According to Waylan, you all suck.Rob Hardie has surpassed you all as the best at Cobb. You all uber-suck. But since Rob is a good friend and respected colleague to most of you, I'm sure you'll find it in your hearts to forgive him.
Waylan, you're just sad.
I can't believe I am getting into this... by tylers
Dear Cobbians,

I say this knowing perfectly well that it is a bad idea as I am going to be in my first show at Cobb in 2 weeks. Take it from someone who has worked at Kudzu and seen this type of drivel coming from anonymous sources. Who cares what these people say on this website? A real review in a newspaper always has the persons name at the top of the article, those are the only ones you need to worry about. Maybe its just because I grew up here in the south but anytime someone says something bad about me, if there not man (or woman if the case may be) enough to face me in person then that "commentator" is just yellow. Anyone can hide behind a screen name, why don't you grow a pair and stop hiding in anonymity? I've given some bad reviews in my day but, as always, I'm man enough to put my name on it. Cobb folks I look forward to working with you and forget these spinless little girls who attack you from behind mommy's nightgown.

Tyler Schaker
By the way by WaylonWhite
Mediahound,
You can thank me later for taking the heat off of you. Your reviews are usually well put together and deserve some consideration by those that read them. So, I hope everyone now sees your review as less of a personal attack. I have proven a point that you could've been much ruder. :)
Good show for "community theater"
by tlcuonstage
Thursday, December 29, 2005
4.0
I agree with the first reviewer on most points. The reviewer, as this is the first visit to theater in Georgia, may or may not know this venue is the epitome of small town theater. Acworth? Where's Acworth? But with that in mind, this is a grand show and one show I would highly recommend for a night out with the kids. The actors (mostly) are indeed lively and entertaining. I loved Commissioner Doyle and Mrs. Kelly! To me, they WERE the show. FDR was good at times. Daddy and Grace are great and yes, the one hillbilly scene is sooooooo slow and the director/actor is sooooo bad, but the rest of the show is full of life! So I figure one slow part is ok. It's a nice touch to have a dog onstage. Even though it's not an exact Sandy type mutt, the kids enjoyed it. As for the children, I thought they were great! The bunk bed scene especially, with the choreography and small solos, received huge applause I noticed, and I caught myself with a big grin at the end.The majority of scenes were hard to follow because of minimal set changes. In one scene I forgot they were on a "boat" until the scene ended and then it didn't make much sense. They needed boat scenery,but that's small town community theater. I looked into Cobb Playhouse a while back (when I saw a previous show that was awful)and they are a nonprofit with little or no employees and a very small budget- hadn't known that. Now when I go I take that into consideration when reviewing. It makes a difference if you're used to professional shows. I hope they can get some REAL support. Imagine this show with a budget! I've talked to directors all over Atlanta and everyone is having attendance trouble. This show had about 2/3 of the seats filled when I came. Anyway, a 4 from me because I really enjoyed it and would have no problem sending someone to see it. It was a real pleasure. [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]
Actors save the show
by Touchstone
Monday, December 12, 2005
3.0
I don't know why I chose ,"ANNIE WARBUCKS" as the first production I went to in Georgia, but I did. What I saw was a show with no apparant direction, no real lighting, no impressive set, and no continuity. Why then would I give this show a 3? The show has heart, and some stand out performers. It also had heart, which some shows (no matter how slick( lack these days. I really got the impression that Hannah Wilkinson (Annie) loved being on stage. This made her a delight to watch. Her voice was extremely impressive, as well as her personality. The highlite of this show are the characters of Doyle and Kelly, played with relish and incredible timing. Their names aren't on the site here, and I accidently left my program behind. he show is worth seeing for them alone. They both have nailed the characters, and work extremely well off each other. The servants lacked charm, except the butler (I believe that to be Crake, Jared Foster)who was fun to watch. The other two to keep an eye on are Warbucks (Rob Hardie)and Grace (Amanda Leigh Pickard). Two actors that you actually believe are in love. Real chemistry is hard to find, but amidst a hokey book, they found it. Her voice is exquisite, and she plays the character as well as I have seen. Warbucks, though short in height, makes up for it with bravado and a comic timing I haven't seen in the role. Both seemed near tears in their solos, which made them very moving. I would have liked to see both show Annie more affection, but that is a minor flaw.

The problem is that it looks like nothing is completely thought through in this show. The Warbucks mansion looks exactly like the White House (and every other location). The scene changes take over 5 minutes as well. And the director doubles as the villain, and does so poorly. The FDR character is weak and unbelievable. The orphans are cute, and great to watch, but look confused and uncomfortable. The costumes are fairly nice, but no real stand outs. The Hillbilly family scene is very slow as well. Though the woman has a great voice. So, we arrive at a three. My guess is that your kids (who the show is for) will enjoy it well, and so you probably won't regret taking them. And I am intrigued enough to visit the theater again. [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]
thanks by Nettie
thanks for the review!
-- the woman :)


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