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"Race," April 11-26, Trustus Side Door Theatre, 254-9732.
"Hamlet," April 18-26, USC Drayton Hall.
"The Taming of the Shrew," April 24-27, USC Lab Theatre.
"Psycho Beach Party," April 25 - May 4, Stage 5 Theatre, 834-1775.
"Hey 'G," April 26 - May 4, On Stage Productions, 1-877-238-5596.
"Shrek: The Musical," May 2-24, Town Theatre, 799-2510.
"The House of Blue Leaves," May 9-24, Trustus Theatre, 254-9732.
"Young Frankenstein," May 9-24, Workshop Theatre, 799-6551.
"The 39 Steps," May 15-25, Sumter Little Theatre, 775-2150.
"The Commedia Snow White," June 13-22, Columbia Children's Theatre, 691-4548.
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|See Trustus Theatre's “See Rock City and Other Destinations” For a Warm Evening At the Theatre
Review by August Krickel.
vocal dream team, comprised of some of the best voices in local theatre,
combine their talents to take us on a musical tour through famously kitschy
vacation spots -
Eight actors are featured in combinations of one, two and three, in six separate vignettes. Technically all are related thematically, in that all feature someone looking for some type of connection or sense of belonging, and in most cases, someone must make an important and potentially life-changing decision. Which really just means that all six vignettes are about human beings. Three dysfunctional sisters gather to scatter their father's ashes, an elderly man is brought by his granddaughter to the site where he met his late wife, a jittery bride has second thoughts about taking the plunge - literally - and two teens cut school to hit the amusement park. The dialogue, by Adam Mathias, is simple and natural, but his lyrics allow his characters to become more eloquent, expressing their feelings to the accompaniment of Brad Alexander's pretty score.
A couple of stories are fairly traditional,
wistful romances where lonely souls find one another; several play like scenes
from a Woody Allen or Nora Ephron comedy, and one or two resemble cleverly
witty episodes of the Twilight Zone. Chase Nelson has some of the best moments
on stage, first as a true believer in search of aliens in the desert near
of the other songs, expertly performed by musical director Randy Moore on
keyboard, Ryan Knott on cello, and Jeremy Polley on guitar, are pleasantly soft
pop rock. "Grampy's Song," however, performed by Matthew DeGuire, is
reminiscent of an earlier era, with echoes of Lerner and Loewe, or perhaps
Schmidt and Jones (composers of stage ballads like "Try to Remember")
which is a nice touch, allowing an older character to sing in the musical style
of his youth. There is no weak link in the cast, from Kyle Collins as a smarmy
tour guide with an agenda, to Linda Posey Collins, Vicky Saye Henderson and
Caroline Weidner as the battling siblings, to Kevin Bush as an uncomplicated
wanderer who takes the roadside advertisements urging him to "
Henderson's set is minimalistic, but significantly augmented by inventive use
of projected scenery from Baxter Engle. Stars over the southwestern desert,
glaciers and the icy waters off
While the show is intentionally episodic, each component has a clear story arc and a satisfying resolution. Actually, one plot ends ambiguously in the script, but Scott-Wiley offers a potential solution by a simple bit of blocking that creates a nice “Awwww” moment. Nevertheless, there is only so much depth to be found in a short story, which may leave some wishing for something with greater meaning. I often feel cheated when a gimmick is used, like locating the scenes at tourist destinations when in actuality the settings aren’t particularly relevant to the storylines, but here I didn’t mind at all. There's not necessarily any greater message to be found, but just about anyone who has enjoyed previous work by these talented performers will be more than satisfied by this excellently realized musical production. See Rock City and Other Destinations runs through Sat. April 5th; visit www.trustus.org or call 803-254-9732 for ticket information.
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