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River City Community Players
The Drowsy Chaperone

Content Rating: Adult Fare

Type of Performing Arts: Music

Written by Music and Lyrics by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison; Book by Bob Martin and Don McKellar
Directed by Tisha M. Entwistle
(Rating: 5.0 | 2 Votes: Rating Closed) | List the 2 Reviews!

No Monkeying Around Here

Posted on Jul 28, 2013
by ghostpug6

5 out of 5

I attended the River City Community Players' Saturday evening show and really enjoyed the entire experience. As an aside, this is a very good musical--the score won a Tony Award in 2006. "The Drowsy Chaperone" is a show within a show. The narrator, knows as Man in Chair, looks back in time and brings alive a musical from 1928. Man in Chair is both interesting and sad; his comments about musicals of the era are funny, cynical, and almost certainly will ring true. Kevin Albee does a commendable job in this extremely demanding role; he is often excellent but at times seems to be a bit off in timing. The role is demanding--his line count almost requires an abacus to compute, and he obviously knows the lines. . .no mean feat, to be sure. There are many actors who deserve mention. Tracy McClung distinguishes herself as the drunken chaperone; she is funny throughout as she has been in several other roles at the Leavenworth theater. The two unnamed gangsters played by Branson Bliss and Lee Finch are hilarious. Disguised as pastry chefs, they deliver a near endless series of groanworthy puns: "Don't tart with me"; "You're in truffle now, and there's muffin you can do about it'; "You biscotti be kiddin' me". Their appearance combined with their delivery of the lines make them both memorable. Even those who cringe at puns will enjoy the work of these two gents. For the sake of brevity, I'll quickly mention several others who made the evening an event: Linda Finch and Andy Entwistle as Mrs. Tottendale and Underling, respectively, compellingly captured the near-senile matron and the tortured butler; Rich Bayse played the desperate producer Feldzieg convincingly--his scenes with the pastry chefs were exceptional; Sarah DeMetz and David Varner play the bride-to-be and the groom with great skill--both are supremely talented singers as well as thoroughly competent actors; finally, Bill Wood is sensational as Adolpho, a scoundrel who attempts to seduce the bride-to-be and steals every scene in which he appears. One word of warning--this is probably a PG13 play, arguably inappropriate for young children unless the parent is comfortable explaining risque scenes. Great singers, skilled actors, and a magnificent pit band make for an excellent evening. I highly recommend attending this fine play.

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