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Pump Boys and Dinettes

a Musical
by John Foley, Mark Hardwick, Debra Monk, Cass Morgan, John Schimmel, and Jim Wann

COMPANY : Georgia Ensemble Theatre [WEBSITE]
VENUE : Georgia Ensemble Theatre and Conservatory [WEBSITE]
ID# 4593

SHOWING : September 11, 2014 - September 28, 2014



Welcome to the Double Cupp Diner on Highway 57, somewhere between Frog Level and Smyrna, North Carolina. It’s a great place to rest a spell, and enjoy a slice of pie and a piping hot cuppa joe or a bottle of beer. The fellas from the gas station next door will be stoppin’ in for a visit with the lovely Cupp sisters, to play their high octane blend of country-western, bluegrass, and rock & roll packed with entertaining toe-tappers about life, love, and good times along the American roadside.

Director Robert Farley
Music Director Dolph Amick
Eddie Dolph Amick
Prudie Molly Coyne
Jackson Chris Damiano
Rhetta Lyndsay Ricketson
L.M. Mark W. Schroeder
Jim Jeremy Wood
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Boys and Girls at Play
by playgoer
Sunday, September 28, 2014
The plot to "Pump Boys and Dinettes" can be summarized by the answers to a few questions:
"Will the pump boys ever get around to fixing Uncle Bob’s Winnebago?" Yes.
"Will Rhetta forgive Jim for breaking a date to go fishing?" Apparently, yes.
"Will LM ever notice Prudie?" Apparently, no.
"Will Eddie ever speak?" No.

Plot, then, is not the point of "Pump Boys and Dinettes." The songs make the show, and the show is jam-packed with them. Each actor plays at least one instrument, and all except Eddie (Dolph Amick) sing. The numbers are apportioned among the actors, so this comes across as a true ensemble show. Molly Coyne (Purdie), Chris Damiano (Jackson), Lyndsay Ricketson (Rhetta), Mark Schroeder (LM), and Jeremy Wood (Jim) all get a chance to shine in solos. Their harmonies and instrument playing are equally impressive. Director Robert J. Farley has helped them shape distinct, engaging personalities that keep the show entertaining from beginning to end (including a humorously staged curtain call).

Jamie Bullins’ scenic design places a lighted show logo sign behind the set, and it is raised at the start of both acts, giving a nice book-end feel to the design. The set proper consists of a service station office at stage right, a diner at stage left, and a distressed brick wall center, all wonderfully rendered. As always, the dependable MC Park has filled the stage with spot-on props. Abby Parker’s costumes work well, allowing just enough flash and variety to entertain. Dori Garziano Leeman’s choreography seems entirely organic to the proceedings, similarly adding just the right amount of flash and variety. Joe Monaghan’s lighting design makes use of spotlights and colored lights that also amp up the entertainment level. This is a good-looking show.

As seems always to be the case with amplification, Jason Polhemus’ sound design falls down during the loudest sections of the shows, when all instruments and voices are blasting away. At those times, the sound becomes muddied, making diction seem muddled (although the actors were enunciating perfectly well). During quieter moments, the sound design seemed fine, with instruments and voices properly balanced.

"Pump Boys and Dinettes" is the type of small-scale musical show that Georgia Ensemble Theatre seems to excel in and that their subscription base has come to expect. It’s certainly not a work of high art, and its story-telling is fuzzy at best, but the emphasis is on sheer entertainment throughout. If you go, expect to be entertained! [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]
*Uncle Bob by Okely Dokely


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