Saturday, August 2, 2014

Pride and Prejudice : Shady Shakespeare Theatre Company : A Capsule Review

                                                                            *** out of 4 stars

A modest, but nonetheless entertaining production of the timeless, early 19th century story of English manners and morals by Jane Austen. 

This recent stage adaptation of the classic novel pares down the narrative to its essentials and moves briskly under Angie Higgins' nimble hand. I hasten to add, however, that none of the wit, romance or social themes have been lost in the process.

The cast is uniformly good, buoyed by winning, smart performances by Jenna Stich as the redoubtable Elizabeth Bennet, and Jarrod Pirtle as the laconic aristocrat Mr. Darcy. They're given ample support by all concerned, highlighted by disarming, scene-stealing turns by Larry Barrott and Beverly Griffith as Mr. and Mrs. Bennet, respectively. 

Performed at the inviting, albeit somewhat rustic, setting of the Sanborn County Park amphitheatre, this is a fun evening at the theatre that deserves both your time and attention!

Stage Adaptation of the Jane Austen novel by Joseph Hanreddy & J.R. Sullivan
Two Acts, with one 15 min. intermission
Directed by Angie Higgins
Thru August 31st, 2014
Sanborn County Park, Saratoga
Arrive at least 30 mins.early for parking ($6.00); seating pads & a flashlight are strongly recommended!

Thursday, June 5, 2014

'Marry Me a Little' : TheatreWorks : A Capsule Review

It's a smartly staged and performed musical revue, featuring melodious vocals, with Sondheim's trademark dark humor and pathos successfully downplaying any sentimentality.

The chemistry between Sharon Reitkerk ("Her") and  A. J. Shively ("Him") is unmistakable, eclipsed only by their undeniable talent and charisma. 

A wonderful production!

Music & Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Conceived and Developed by Craig Lucas and Norman Rene
One Act: 75 mins. with no intermission
Musical Director: William Liberatore
Directed by Robert Kelly
Thru June 29, 2014
Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts