Saturday, June 7, 2014

Fringe Review: Good People Theater Company's THE FANTASTICKS

The cast of The Fantasticks. Photos by Sherry Barnett

Despite their best efforts, the good folks of Good People Theater Company are unable to recreate the magic they achieved with their 2013 fringe hit, A Man of No Importance, in their current revival of The FantasticksContributing to the lackluster production are pacing issues and actors without the singing ability, stage presence, or emotional depth to effectively handle the demands of the roles. The exposed nature of comedy makes it even more difficult to pull off than drama and so much more obvious when it isnt working. In the absence of real passion, poignancy and an understanding of how to blend the bitter with the sweet - which is what makes this Schmidt & Jones classic so satisfying - it left me feeling restless. Even the more successful comedy songs by the fathers did not keep me engaged for long. The saving grace is the wonderful harp accompaniment which creates a sparkling mark in the plus column, despite the show’s onstage deficiencies.

Matt Franta and Audrey Curd

Matt Stevens and Michael Wallot

Christopher Karbo

Joey D'Auria, Matt Franta and Corky Loupe

Matt Stevens, Matt Franta, Audrey Curd
and Michael Wallot

Audrey Curd and Christopher Karbo

Joey D'Auria and Corky Loupe

Matt Stevens, Matt Franta, Audrey Curd and Michael Wallot

June 5 – 29, 2014
Good People Theater Company
Lillian Theatre
1076 Lillian Way at Santa Monica Blvd
Tickets: $10 (preview) $20 (general run) $10 (students and seniors).

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