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I Do! I Do!
a Musical Comedy
CATEGORY : COMEDY MUSICAL


COMPANY : Holly Theatre [WEBSITE]
VENUE : Holly Theatre [WEBSITE]
ID# 811

SHOWING : January 09, 2004 - January 15, 2004

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PRODUCTION DESCRIPTION


CAST & CREW LIST
Michael Michael Arens
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They did! They did! (almost)
by Okely Dokely
Tuesday, January 20, 2004
4.0
This was my first time experiencing “I Do! I Do!” or any version of the “Fourposter” story. I vastly enjoyed this production on the whole, and find it unfortunate that more people don’t make the trek up to Dahlonega to see shows at the Holly, because they would be wrong to assume that it is nothing better than a rinky-dink community theatre that is too far away to matter, which is sadly why it probably gets overlooked. The Holly staff is extremely nice and organized, and I have seen and/or worked with at least two theatres in the Atlanta area of lesser quality.

A nice surprise, and if I’m not mistaken, a first for the Holly Downstairs Dinner Theatre was the inclusion of live music. They did away with that dreaded RehearsScore and used a keyboard player. Hearing the show for the first time, even I could tell that he hit a few wrong notes here and there, but I have heard less competent accompanists in the past, and the sound balance was absolutely perfect, even in that small room.

David Rothel really knows what he’s doing as far as direction goes. IDID was probably the best-directed show I’ve seen in a long time, and I dare say that the staging was the real star of the show for me. The characters of Michael and Agnes were played by Michael Arens and Suzanne Higgins. They both have tremendous talent; I knew that beforehand. The problem was that I couldn’t believe them as a married couple because of their astronomical age difference in real life (he has to be at least 30, and I believe she’s still a teenager). Even though the characters age 50 years throughout the production, I just wasn’t buying the couple thing. Though their individual performances were wonderful in and of themselves, I kept fantasizing about how great it would be if they were each in their own production of this show starring opposite a better match for them – but they worked well together from an acting standpoint. Their singing was superb, but it sounded to me like Ms. Higgins was starting to get tired during her solo number “Flaming Agnes” (or maybe she wasn’t and I’m just living on the moon). Whether she was getting hoarse or not, her voice was as strong as ever in Act 2.

In conclusion, the Holly deserves your attention. Their entire 2004 season already has entries of every show created on this site, so you’ll see when everything is playing. I hope you’ll decide to go and have a look for yourselves. I’ll see you at “Red, Hot, and Cole” next month.
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