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Guys and Dolls

a Musical Comedy
CATEGORY :
by Music and Lyrics by Frank Loesser, Book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows

COMPANY : Aurora Theatre [WEBSITE]
VENUE : Aurora Theatre [WEBSITE]
ID# 1590

SHOWING : April 27, 2006 - May 28, 2006

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PRODUCTION DESCRIPTION

Memorable Music and the Big Apple of the 1940's - inhabited by gamblers, nightclub performers, and missionaries trying to cure the sins of the Times Square population. Based on a story and characters by Damon Runyon.


CAST & CREW LIST
Director/Choreographer Jen MacQueen
Production Manager Patrick Campbell
Lighting Design Rob Dillard
Stage Manager Gina Guesby
Musical Direction Ann-Carol Pence
Scenic Design Lee Shiver
Costume Design Neal Vipperman
Drummer Mark Biering
Rusty Charlie Ricardo Aponte
Mimi/Ensemble Kathryn Berrong
Angie the Ox/Ensemble Geoffrey M Brown
Harry the Horse Gabriel Dean
Sky Masterson Robert Egizio
Ensemble Colleen Hargis
Ensemble Angela Nicole Harris
Nicely-Nicely Johnson Luis Hernandez
Miss Adelaide Bethany Irby
Joey Biltmore/Ensemble Jimi Kocina
Arvide Abernathy Chuck Pettis
Nathan Detroit Anthony Rodriguez
Scranton Slim Brian Rooney
Benny Southstreet David Rosetti
Big Jule Al Stilo
Sgt. Sarah Brown Stacey Stone
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REVIEWS

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when you see a guy give a 3.75...
by Okely Dokely
Monday, August 28, 2006
4.0
...you can bet that he's rounding it up to 4.

I apologize for majorly slacking off and getting behind with these reviews.

Aurora's GaD was pretty good. Like Bert Osborne, I never understood why they used body mics. They were more often distracting then helpful, and they could have saved trouble and money by just having their bands turn their volume down and/or play softer. I mentioned the atrocious sound balance on "Sit Down, You're Rockin' the Boat" in a comment below, so I don't need to go into that again.

Performances overall were great. Robert Egizio finally got to play Sky Masterson, after directing the show so many times. It's nothing us fellow Egizio fans haven't seen before, but when it comes to smooth 40ish leading men, he might be the best in town at it. Special mention goes to David Rossetti, unrecognizable from his Emcee in Cabaret with both appearance and acting. Luis Hernandez was fine as Nicely-Nicely, although I felt like he was hardly in the show at all. Either Mr. Hernandez missed some opportunities with his characterizations, or Nicely-Nicely really isn't as prominent a role as I remembered.

My favorite performance came from the person I was the most skeptical about, but not because I doubted her talent, but because of her age. At the time of this show's run, I believe Bethany Irby (who was Adelaide) was 24. Adelaide, the character, has been engaged to Nathan Detroit for 14 years. First-graders can do the math - I don't need to spell it out. I'm a big stickler for age appropriateness when I see a show, so I had my reservations. Miss Irby put egg on my face and then some. I'm reminded of some wise words one of my theatre friends told me this year: "It's called acting, bitch."

I would have given this a 4, but due to the disappointing omission of the Crapshooter's Dance, I have to dock the rating.

P.S. - something about the script that has always bugged me. In the stage version, Sky references a Bible verse - Isaiah 57:22. That verse doesn't exist. The verse quoted is actually 57:21, the last verse in chapter 57. There is no 22. So why is it in the script? Is it intentional, or did the writer make a big boo-boo? Sky claims to be so well-versed in the Bible, so it doesn't make sense that he'd be off. [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]
Message for Okely Dokely by Deep Goat
Okely Dokely, please tell me who you are. I think I might know you from somewhere. I'll reveal who I am if you reval who you are.
by Okely Dokely
Mark Schroeder

mwschroeder51@hotmail.com
Mark Who? by Cavendish
Darn, there goes the worst kept secret in Atlanta theater.
ok deep goat by mark
your turn. who are you?
i know! i know! by feather
mark its fun playz guess who it is! people do it with me feather all the time!
now, what non-freshman north springs student was in guys and dolls at aurora, likes partz of the female ananomty, and is in kudzus christmas carol ths year?
hmmmm, canya guess? yeah, thats right. thats who it is!
It was great, except for the pit
by Deep Goat
Thursday, June 1, 2006
0.0
The show was fantastic. The singing, the acting, the dancing was all magnificent. The worst performer was good. The show might have been better if they hadn't gotten a pregnant woman to direct AND choreograph it. But hey, she got the job done well. The pit was probably the weakest part of the show. They played out of tune a lot and often got ahead of the actors. It was probably due to a lack of good musical direction. Aurora should definitely reconsider who they hire in the band. [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]
Please Explain by Cavendish
You rave about the singing, acting, and dancing, and yet you give the show a zero rating. Instrumental music is just one aspect. How do you justify a zero rating?? Did you possibly mean to choose NR? And what the hell does being pregnant have to do with the ability to direct or choreograph??
I have some of the same questions by Okely Dokely
You say that the show was "fantastic," yet "might have been better" had a pregnant woman not directed and choreographed it. Um, better than fantastic? I agree with Cavendish - I don't know what being pregnant has to do with anything, but if it was still, as you say, fantastic, despite her having a bun in the oven, that's still pretty damn good.

I didn't notice the band being out of tune, just that the sound balance was bad at some spots, and downright horrible on "Sit Down, You're Rocking The Boat," where the cast completely drowned out Luis. I agree with what Bert Osborne's been saying - if you can't get the balance right even WITH the body mics, get rid of 'em.

I will say more in my review. I'm 3 reviews behind at the moment, but I promise I'll get completely caught up within a week.
Pregnant and Productive by Cavendish
Look forward to seeing your reviews, Okely.

Many years ago my sister was a university instuctor with a Ph.D in physical education. When she was pregnant with her first child she continued teaching gymnastics right up to the ninth month (with the doctor's OK, BTW). Tumbling or floor ex was her specialty. Seems to me that choreography wouldn't be any tougher than hand springs and tumbling.


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