Saturday, May 29, 2021

review - DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS - Hale Centre Theare

Amanda Valenzuela and Rob Stuart
photo by Nick Woodward-Shaw

highlights from local critics reviews - (click link at bottom of each review to read complete review)

Click here for more information on this production that runs through June 26

"Based on the 1988 film comedy starring Michael Caine and Steve Martin, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is a musical comedy full of fun twists and turns. Hale Centre Theatre's production features impressive leads, a gifted ensemble, sure-footed direction and choreography, and rich creative aspects that result in a humorous and delightful musical theatre romp....While (David) Yazbeck's score and (Jeffrey) Lane's book include some PG-13 moments and language, Hale has toned those down for a more family-friendly version using the G-rated alternatives for some of the lyrics and dialogue the authors have included in the licensed script. While excising the profanity does make for a slightly different take on the material, it doesn't detract at all from the charm and wit of the show....Director and choreographer Cambrian James does an excellent job to make sure the warmth of the characters and twists of the plot aren't lost amongst the comical moments. James' choreography is varied and impressive and well-danced by the small ensemble...Rob Stuart oozes charm and good taste as the smooth-talking Lawrence, and Austin A. Delp is appropriately comical as the lovable goofball Freddy...Delp looks like he is having an absolute blast as Freddy, and his perfect double-takes and rubbery facial expressions are crowd pleasers....Hale Centre Theatre's production has a big heart that brings a large dose of emotion and charm, but it's also full of fun, foolishness, and non-stop screwball comedy moments, making for a fun, upbeat, crowd-pleasing event."   -Gil Benbrook, Talkin' Broadway (click here to read the complete review)

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