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The show went through many changes on the journey from CT, to Broadway, to Tony winner, and back again, but in all incarnations the heart and appeal lies in the classic music of George and Ira Gershwin.
In the madcap world of Prohibition, bootleggers, high society types, and a bevy of chorus girls collide in a mix of romance, mistaken identities, and slapstick high-jinx. This is the type of light and frothy story that finds gangsters posing as butlers and the vice squad partakes in more vices then it foils.
Mariah MacFarlane as rum-runner Billie Bendix is a splendid talent, with a strong voice and crack timing. A supporting cast of star-crossed lovers is top notch. Its themes of logic and reason, right and wrong, and trust and love are universal, but bring these deeply human emotions into the ultra-logical world of math, ambition, academia and insanity and the result is extraordinarily profound.
The play is a story told through the eyes of Catherine, the daughter of Robert Damian Buzzerioa genius mathematician. Recently deceased after struggling with mental illness for several years, Robert was cared for by Catherine alone.
The role of Catherine is inherently difficult, but in the hands of actress Dana Brooke it looks as easy as adding one and one. Brooke brings Catherine so fully to life, so perfectly balanced between likable and stridently imperfect that the audience is on her side within minutes.
At times heart-breaking and others hilarious, this is a performance worth seeing again and again. Her scenes with Hal, played with everyman charm by Marty Scanlon, are endearing and enriched with a sweetness.
Credit must be given to Melissa Macleod Herion for her ability to find the gentleness and love in Claire, also a role that is a tightrope act.
It would be, and tragically often is, easy to play Claire deeply unlikeable, but here Claire is rooted in love and good intentions. She is the Big Sister and to that end, we love her for her imperfections, for her true desire to be a source of comfort. The two women lead this production with great care about this family and who they were and who they will become.
With a stripped down stage, the acting is what matters here. Director Dawn Loveland nail the casting and tells one great story.
This is a truly terrific production of the modern classic. The era is the present and future. The characters are every-day folk, primarily representing a family; one member, ever-present center-stage, lays in a coma. Her daughter Iris is the primary narrator as well as the lead character.The Soul Stirrers were one of the most important and influential of the gospel quartets, their career spanning many decades, and their style helping to shape .
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