When the 9 to 5 bowed in 1980 , the movie about women rebelling against being taken advantage of was downright funny, even if the injustice and sexism it depicted was universally acknowledged as all too common. The musical version revived by Slow Burn Theatre Company is still pretty funny, but in the wake of the #metoo movement, it inherently contains a bit more topspin on the revenge fantasy against behavior now deemed inexcusable.
One pleasure of a theater critic’s job are these year-end retrospectives that require looking back at reviews and be reminded, “Oh, yeah, that was really great. And right, there was that. And how could I forget that one?”
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Tagged Actors Playhouse, Al Blackstone, Anne Mundell, Anne-Marie Cusson, Area Stage Company, Broward Stage Door, Bruce Linser, Cindy Pearce, City Theatre, Clay Cartland, Conor Walton, David Arisco, David Kwiat, Elena Maria Garcia, Elijah Word, GableStage, Greg Duffy, Gregg Weiner, Ground Up and Rising, Hannah Benitez, Island City Stage, J. Barry Lewis, Jean Josieu, Jessica E. Schulte, Jodi Dellaventura, Joseph Adler, Julie Kleiner, Karen Stephens, Kevin Black, Kevin Reilley, Kimberley Dawn Smith, Leah Sessa, Lindsay Bell, Lindsay Corey, M Ensemble, Main Street Players, Mallory Newbrough, Maltz Jupiter Theatre, Marcia Milgrom Dodge, Margaret M. Ledford, Michael Amico, Michael McClain, Michael Ursua, MNM Productions, New City Players, Nicholas Richberg, Niki Fridh, outre theatre company, Palm Beach Dramaworks, Patrick Fitzwater, Shane Tanner, Slow Burn Theatre Company, Stuart Meltzer, Theatre Lab, Thinking Cap Theatre, Vicki Lewis, Wick Theatre, Zachary Borovay, Zoetic Stage
The temptation is to announce that ‘a star is born’ in Actors’ Playhouse’s production of the musical It Shoulda Been You. But that would be mildly insulting to the fact that Cindy Pearce has been working on local stages about 14 years, most memorably as Penelope Pennywise in Slow Burn Theatre’s Urinetown.
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Tagged Actors Playhouse, Alexander Zenoz, Cindy Pearce, Conor Walton, David Arisco, David Nagy, Erica Lustig, Gabrielle Graham, It Shoulda Been You, Jeni Hacker, Marcia McClain, Margot Moreland, Mark A. Harmon, Michael H. Small, Oscar Cheda, Taylor Hilt Mitchell, Tim Dolan
As far as large-scale Broadway musicals, Ragtime stands as Actors’ finest mainstream work ever, as accessible and satisfying as it is passionate and thoughtful. Anyone who cares about musical theater, or theater in general, should make a special effort to see this production.
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Tagged Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Mile, Anne Chamberlain, Asher Makeba Timmons, Brian Varela, Caleb Chiang, Cindy Pearce, David Arisco, David Nagy, Deborah Sherman, Deidra Grace, Dexter Carr, Diana D’ambrosio, Dominique Scott, Don Juan Seward II, E. L. Doctorow, Eli Burris, Elizabeth Sackett, Ellis Tillman, Fredena J. Williams, George Schiavone, Hannah Benitez, Johnathan Shepherd, Joshua Dobarganes, Julian Gorelick, Justen Fox-Hall, Kaylin Seckel, Lauren Bell, Maha McCain, Marcus Davis, Mark Della Ventura, Mark Sanders, Max Leifman, Melissa Minyard, Michael Leyte-Vidal, Nick Duckart, Nicole Kinzel, Noel Harris Jr., Ragtime, Ray Yanez, Sarah Nicole Batts, Sean Dorazio, Tally Sessions, Terrence McNally, Tim Bennett, Walter Kemp-Edwards, Zoe Burris.
The sparse crowd Saturday night at Actors Playhouse must be a result of people thinking, “Oh, I like it well enough, but I’ve seen Godspell.” But they’d be wrong, to their loss. This earnest troupe led by director David Arisco has reinterpreted and re-imagined for the umpteenth time the venerable warhorse so that it seems fresh and familiar at the same time.
Slow Burn Theatre’s production of Urinetown the Musical marks another milestone in the young troupe’s evolution as a reliable purveyor of edgy, offbeat musical theater that few other mainstream companies have the courage to produce.