Classic Romantic Comedy The Philadelphia Story at Westminster Community Theatre
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The last date listed for The Philadelphia Story was Saturday May 28, 2011 / 8:00pm.
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This production was adequate. There were some stand-out performances (the young girl playing Tracy's sister, Dinah, immediately comes to mind, as well as the man playing Dexter), which, of course, suffered from the weak, wooden performances of certain cast members (whose names/characters I won't mention here). As harsh as it may sound, I will say that 3 of the actors/actresses were quite honestly cringe-worthy. I realize it's wasn't a professional production, but I also know that there are many very talented, hard-working actors in Orange County community theatre, so I'm not certain as to why these particular ones were cast. Ultimately, I think the issue I had with this particular production is that it was poorly cast. With a play such as this one, good casting is particularly important because the actors--particularly the 3 main characters--are obviously going to be compared to the classic film. One thing that I found particularly distracting is that they chose to go much older with the character of Tracy (who is written to be 24). Now, the actress they chose is a good actress (I imagine she's great in laugh-out-loud comedies and/or musicals), but she was terribly miscast as Tracy. She was funny, but she didn't always bring the heartfelt emotion to Tracy. And, honestly, anyone who knows the script/story/film, knows that Tracy should really be played as a young woman in her early/mid-twenties who finally comes of age by the last scene.
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I highly recommend local theater to everyone, but this presentation of The Philadelphia Story was very well done. It is one of my favorite movies so I was hoping for the best and I got it. Everyone did a wonderful job, but the stand out...continued
Written by Philip Barry
Directed by Kirk Larson
This 1939 Broadway hit starred Katharine Hepburn, and the 1940 film version starred Hepburn, Cary Grant and Jimmy Stewart. A spoiled, divorced daughter of a privileged family is preparing to marry husband #2, but husband #1 is still very much in the picture. Add a handsome, charming reporter, and the young lady is really not sure whom to marry! Sophisticated and clever comedy at its very best!