This play does not have the kind of plot that is usual in a traditional musical. It is a revue featuring Sondheim songs from various plays The songs are loosely held together by the theme of a cocktail party held in the home of The Husband and The Wife. The audience are guests along with The Younger Man and The Younger Woman.
The Observer, David L. Radtke, introduces the play, provides one or two word transitions as the evening progresses and also fills in as an extra who can be whatever the situation requires, even a household maid with a little white apron. He gets his moment in the spotlight to dance as he sings "Buddy's Blues" from Follies.
What I noticed most about the songs in the revue was that they are purposeful.
Some are thought-provoking commentaries on life such as "The Road You Didn't Take" from Follies. The Husband, (Robin Baker) in a pensive mood, sings this one. The Husband and The Wife also sing an amusing true to life conversation about buying a "Country House" (from Follies).
Other songs are focused on attitudes."Rich and Happy" from Merrily We Roll Along sung by the entire cast comes to mind.
The Wife, Cynthia Mottel, amazed me, never missing a beat on songs with rapid fire lyrics on a variety of topics women can relate to. Housework, homemaking and everything associated with both are satired in the song, "Everybody Ought to Have a Maid" from A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. "Ladies Who Lunch" from Company lampooned things women do when gathered together.
What I remember most about The Younger Man, Stephen Cox, is his pensive rendition of "Marry Me a Little" from (Company). He and The Younger Woman, Bree Hunter Sprankle, sang a lovely duet, "Unworthy of Your Love" from Assassins.
There are three more performances of this play, December 19,20, and 21, 2014. For more information, contact The Drama Workshop.
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