Friday, May 4, 2012

The Producers : Hillbarn Theatre : A Capsule Review

Mel Brooks’ The Producers is a hilarious – albeit shameless and decidedly politically incorrect -  backstage send up that doesn’t miss an opportunity to exploit every comic stereotype imaginable. Unless you’re easily offended, however, one can’t fathom how anyone would take serious umbrage.

Perhaps the greatest compliment one can give Hillbarn Theatre’s production of the Tony Award-winning musical is that one forgets that it’s “community theatre.”
 
Inspired and spectacular design elements across-the-board serve to amplify the lunacy, enhanced by visionary staging, casting and direction by the inimitable Bill Starr (aided immeasurably by choreographer Gary Stanford, Jr.).

The entire company of players is uniformly strong, with the principle cast among the best comedic ensembles I’ve seen in years, including Dan Demers (Max Bialystock), Luke Chapman (Leo Bloom), Kate Paul (Ulla), Ron Lopez, Jr. (Franz Liebkind), Raymond J. Mendonca (Roger DeBris), and Greg Lynch (Carmen Ghia).

Although the thrust stage venue does not have a bad seat in the house, it does not provide the best configuration for this type of show. It did not, however, in any way diminish the enthusiasm of the opening night crowd who literally leapt out of their seats with an unbridled standing ovation.

Head on down to Foster City to catch this must-see performance before it’s too late.


3 comments:

  1. THE SHOW, 'THE PRODUCERS' IS HIGH ENERGY, WELL CASTED, AND NON STOP LAUGHTER!
    I'M GOING TO SEE IT 2 MORE TIMES!
    A FAN!

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  2. HOW ABOUT A STORY ON A NATIVE FROM SAN MATEO COUNTY?
    Actor/singer.dancer/.comedian/Luke Chapman (26 years old) who plays Leo Bloom in the Hillbarn hit ,The Producers' JUST CALL THE HILLBARN THEATRE TO GET HIM I KNOW Luke Chapman would love to give you his CHILDHOOD DREAM STORY. I promise it would be great reading FOR THE PUBLIC! . Luke went to Audubon School, Bowditch School and San Mateo High... School. Luke worked hard in the Drama Department at San Mateo High School.. He also worked hard with Bowditch School Drama Teacher Virginia Musanta. He adored her and still does!
    THE SHOW ,The PRODUCERS' PLAYS THROUGH THE 27TH OF MAY SO THERE IS STILL TIME FOR A INTERVIEW WITH NATIVE ACTOR/SINGER LUKE CHAPMAN.

    A PROUD NATIVE FAN WHO WANTS TO REMAIN ANONYMOUS..
    SAN MATEO COUNTY

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    1. If he would like an interview he can email me. My address is located on the "About Me" box on the above right. Thank you for reading!

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