Saturday, July 2, 2016

review - DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS - Paradise Valley Community College

Jack Lambert, Gary Caswell, and Brianna Koener
Photo by Tiffany Bolock
highlights from local critics reviews - (click link at bottom of each review to read complete review)

"Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is a delicious musical comedy based on the 1988 film...Paradise Valley Community College's recent production of this humorous show amounted to a fun experience due to the talented cast, sure-footed direction, and impressive, and large, orchestra. While the show itself has some drawbacks...it still is full of fun and foolishness. The plot centers on a pair of charming con men who practice their craft along the French Riviera. The suave and debonair Lawrence Jameson takes under his wing the bumbling buffoon Freddy Benson and together they swindle their way through several unsuspecting marks. ...Jeffrey Lane's book includes numerous twists and turns as well as characters that, even though they are con men, you grow to care about. Andrea Robertson's steady direction allowed for the humor and charm in the plot to be front and center and she also found a very good cast capable of creating realistic characters with comical exteriors. Gary Caswell was perfect as the smooth-talking con man Lawrence and Jack Lambert was appropriately comical as the goofball Freddy. ...They both instilled their roles with a sense of sheer fun but also provided touching and poignant moments full of realism. ...As Christine Colgate, Brianna Koener brought lots of brass and a keen sense of comical abilities to the clumsy, vulnerable, and adorable woman. Her singing voice is lovely. Roger Hunt was dashing as Lawrence's right-hand man Andre while Cynthia Elek instilled Muriel, the older woman whom Lawrence cons, with a lovely dose of elegance. ...Music director Ken Goodenberger achieved a sensational sound from his 18-piece band. ..With many screwball madcap moments but also a rich story and characters you believe in and feel for, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is a fast, fresh and funny musical with a big heart. The PVCC production, with a talented cast, clear direction and a smoking band, was simply splendid."  -Gil Benbrook, Talkin' Broadway (click here to read the complete review)

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