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New Haven, CT – Southern CT State University’s Department of Theatre and The Bow-shaped Players accept labeled their 2018-2019 division “Journey to the Aphotic Side.” The acceptance will be presenting Apprentice Directed One Acts, HOW I LEARNED TO DRIVE, and THE TRAGICAL HISTORY OF DR. FAUSTUS, but they accept opened SCSU division with a big assembly of the agreeable THE ADDAMS FAMILY. The comically aphotic appearance was accounting by Marshall Brickman (TURN OF THE CENTURY) and Rick Elice (PETER AND THE STARCATCHER) with music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa (BIG FISH, THE WILD PARTY.) The agreeable had a twenty ages run on Broadway and a touring aggregation that included CT built-in Connor Barth in the role of Pugsley.
The foundation that controls the rights to Charles Addam’s cartoons capital the agreeable to be based aloft the cartoons rather than the television and blur characters. So the associates of this awful ancestors were taken off the folio and brought to life, but there are some nods to the TV appearance for sure, as able-bodied as some accepted pop ability references and a choir of apparitional ancestors.
The apriorism is that babe Wednesday has collapsed in adulation with a normal-ish adolescent man and he brings his accustomed ancestors to a banquet at the Addams ancestors mansion. Broad ball ensues and genitalia are actual funny. I consistently acquisition the storyline a little affected and the additional act drags a bit, but I can’t advice but adore best of the agreeable numbers that were tailored for anniversary character; the up bounce pieces for the aphotic Wednesday are my favorites. I additionally like to see what the Ancestors from assorted eras in the Addams ancestors timberline will wear.
Director Larry Nye (GODSPELL,) an Equity affiliate and accessory abettor in the Dept. of Theatre at SCSU, formed with Agreeable Administrator Jill Brunelle, a articulate drillmaster at Yale University; the two formed adamantine to accumulate the atramentous tone, but did not carelessness the admirable comedic lines. Jason Carubia, a SAG/AFTRA affiliate and a chief at SCSU, served as abettor director. Morticia fed a ample Venus Flytrap in the accomplishments of one arena and the ancestors hid abaft copse on the attic in advanced of the date and in the aisles, giving the admirers a adventitious to acknowledge their intricate costumes. I additionally admired the accession of cutesy beastly duke puppets to “Pulled.”
Junior Matthew Lopez was actual able in the role of the big appearance of Gomez Addams in his Lyman date debut. SCSU green Melanie Byron played the baking Morticia who deals will some midlife issues. Maire Whelan (35mm: A MUSICAL EXHIBITION) sang actual able-bodied as the feeling-pulled Wednesday Addams, abnormally back her mic went out for her abandoned on “Pulled.”
First year SCSU apprentice Jack Storm played a absorbing and arbitrary Uncle Fester; Mr. Storm calm four HALO nominations while in aerial school. Freshman Keegan Smith was a anxious Pugsley Addams who worries about accident his affinity and admired torturer in his Bow-shaped Players debut. Chief Eric Nesmith mostly grunted as Lurch until the final cardinal in his final agreeable at SCSU.
Junior Christian Gunzenhauser did actual able-bodied in the role of Wednesday’s admired Lucas Beineke. SCSU green Kyle Kleinschmidt played his ancestor Mal and SCSU inferior Patricia Castle donned the chicken dress and sang actual able-bodied as his mother Alice. Sasha Mahmoud, who played Maria in LOVE’S LABOUR’S LOST with Elm Shakespeare, fabricated us beam as the age-old Grandma.
The always-busy ancestors included Kaleigh Albert (Bride,) Maddie Bergeron (Cavewoman,) Ariana Harris (Conquistador,) Travis Johnson (Roman Soldier,) Maggie Lavoy (Colonial,) Jessica Magro (Flight Attendant,) Sierra Silva (Senorita,) Taylor Tenenbaum (Matador/Grim Reaper) and Flapper Allison VanDerlyn (THE WHO’S TOMMY and HEATHERS at Landmark.) Kudos to Kendra Kochel (Marie Antoinette) on her aboriginal appearance at SCSU; she appeared in THE SOUND OF MUSIC with the Castle Craig Players and 13 at 7A and is now a green at the university.
Costumes advised by Heidi Hanson, who holds an MFA from Yale Academy of Drama, were appealing absorbing whether they were the atramentous uniforms of the Addams ancestors associates or the white fabrics and architecture of their apparitional ancestors. The breathtaking and lighting architecture by Douglas Macur, who afresh aing the SCSU faculty, was appropriately aphotic but accessible on the eyes, except for the hardly boring strobe ablaze arena that affected me at atomic to aing my eyes.
Kudos to the six musicians in the pit beneath the date on their abundant teamwork in accoutrement the array of pieces in this score. Ms. Brunelle was on keyboard one with Jeremey Lombard on keyboard two. Mallory Kokus covered the reeds, Morgan Brown played guitar, Daniel Kraszewski was on bass and Martin Wirt kept the exhausted on the drums. Uncle Fester played his own ukulele. Through a crumbling bow-shaped moon shaped aperture in the date floor, the MD led the “snap, snap” that opened the appearance with alone her duke visible. I admired it!
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Nancy Sasso Janis has been autograph theatre reviews back 2012 as a way to abutment bounded theatre venues. She posts reviews of able-bodied over 100 productions anniversary year. In 2016, she became a affiliate of the Connecticut Critics Circle.She continues to accord theatre news, previews, and audience notices to bounded Patch sites. Reviews of all levels of affected productions are acquaint on Naugatuck Patch and the Patch sites aing to the venue. Follow the analyst on her Facebook pages Nancy Sasso Janis: Theatre Analyst and on Twitter @nancysjanis417. Be abiding to analysis out the NEW Connecticut Critics Circle Facebook page.
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