The Women: A Wickedy Witty Social Comedy
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The last date listed for The Women was Saturday May 31, 2014 / 8:00pm.
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Perhaps most popularly known as the inspiration for the musical My Fair Lady, George Bernard Shaw's classic satire Pygmalion is a brilliant attack on inequality amongst the classes and the sexes. On a bet, phoneticist Henry Higgins sets out to transform Eliza Doolittle, a cockney flower girl, into a society lady, but doesn't count on his "creation" having a mind of her own. This witty tale from the master playwright delighted and scandalized its first audience in 1912 and remains as relevant as ever today. Learn More
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Featured review from Rick St Dennis MFA
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THE WOMEN a play turned star vehicle film by George Cukor is being staged at the charming Westminster Community Theatre (weekends May 16 – 31, 2014).
True to its roots the show is done with an all female cast, men being always elsewhere in the course of the action-one wonders if the show might have taken a more modern turn if using a lead from some other small theatre companies and colleges-fleshed out the cast with men in Drag making charecters like the Countess, Mrs Morehead, The cook and others more over the top and in keeping with the original productions campy bent?
At least one production using ALL men has been done to critical acclaim.
The arena playing area is divided into several "rooms" and minimal furnishings and props are added as the show requires-lighting seems pretty primitive, hard to tell if they need a better board or just someone who knows how to circuit a show – some scenes just suffered from a broad lit stage full of no one while actresses attempted to create intimate moments.
Period music comes and goes and often disappears in favor of modern tunes-add this all up and one starts to suspect a lazy sloppy director who just doesn't understand the demands of Community Theatre.
Like many Community Theatre productions there was a wide variety of performance types on stage from hammy to understated to tentative and mostly it felt like a director who was just stretched too thin in too many areas to take the time to pay attention to his players.
Sloppy little omissions like a hankie for Mary Haines in the farewell scene with her daughter are the difference between a scene that works and one that almost works-what society matron would ever be without this obligatory prop? Trust me when I say that the scene would have played differently has subtle touches been attended to.
To be honest there was little attention paid to an era for this show in sets, costumes or style-several of the actresses brought their own clever touches Elizabeth Desloge as Sylvia Fowler perhaps the most convincing as a spoiled Park Ave trophy wife of the 1930s.
Just having a proper coiffeur and clothes suggesting the period made a huge difference to her portrayal and she could have been even better except for a strange malady that has apparently infected the whole cast-their idea of an Upper East Side accent is like a road show of Funny Girl or Fiddler-somewhere near Jewish/Yiddish but unspecific.
The best hint a director can take is from Patrick Dennis in Auntie Mame when he asks about Mame’s friend Vera, “Who’s the English lady?” and Mame replies that she isn’t English she’s from Pittsburgh.
That broad flat drawing room accent laced with sonorous tones was taught in all the better charm schools and the film version of the play literally plays it off itself in hysterical ways.
I liked Monica Valladares as the ever productive Edith Potter-she needs to slow down and pronounce her dialog so she doesn’t bury the punchlines another problem that plagued the cast.
One of the shows big laughs says that Mirium Aarons is being RENO-vated-in other words divorced
Elaine Domino as the Countess reads it like renovating a cottage-sloppy direction strikes again.
Elaine Domino could have been hysterical as the Countess but her performance is almost indistinguishable from Toni Beckman as Mrs Morehead and both miss the mark for different reasons.
The show has highlights The maid and the Cook discussing the Haines fight upstairs-great job ladies, The exercise scene another great job and the final turn when everyone shows up in the nightclub powder room-the whole cast shone in that scene, the timing was on and Jamie Sowers as Mary Haines finally has her chance to shine.
Mary Haines is a tough part even the great Norma Shearer had a rough time deciding who Mary Haines is-so she became a high style tom boy who at the very end grows her claws of Jungle Red.
Bad Costumes, unattractive make up and an inattention to a voice that tends to want to become shrill at times lessened the first part of Miss Sowers performance but starting with the bedtime scene with her “daughter” she perked up and finished on top where her character belongs-well done you!
While we're here lets talk about Jaquelyn Deslog as Little Mary-apparently in the Desloge family the apple doesn't fall far from the tree and this young lady did a fine job-one hopes for an ALICE IN WONDERLAND somewhere in her future.
Another hard part to play in this production, Crystal-I guess we are asked to ignore the fact that the beautiful Tawney Lewis (one of the evenings best performances) is a woman of colour; either the part needed to be cast with an actress that fit the period or the period had to be nebulous-With Corinna Calderon playing the author ,Nancy, a lesbian role albeit a soft sell one , deteriorates into a really dreadful yellow “gown” with not much characterization at all
Hooray for WCT for bringing us a vintage theatrical bon bon and for continuing the hard knock job of bringing community (read VOLUNTEER) theatre to the area.
The Theatre its self is well kept, clean and was quite comfortable-seats are a decent distance from the players allowing the mysterious 4th wall to stand-workers at the theatre were courteous and even friendly.
Community Theatres need to attract theatrical professional who will come in, look at shows, audit tech and dress rehearsals and help them step up a notch-they also need too think WAY outside the box-had the emphasis been put on tonight's cast rather than attempting to costume them the show might have been better all round-black pants, black blouses and an occasional stole, jewelry piece or hat would have worked fine as opposed to a Park Ave maid out of Dickens in a Mother Hubbard cap-ouch!
If Westminster Community Theatre wants to be taken seriously it has to look inward and find it's strengths-stop "playing" at doing theatre and do well by the PLAY.
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Unevenly matched talent and poor direction made what could have been an entertaining script difficult to sit through. The few standout performers could not overcome these obstacles. There is an abundance of strong female talent in Orange County,...continued
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It was opening night and the we had a great time. The actors were
enjoyable to watch. Yes some were over the top, but that was the funny part. I don't know why the one review was so detailed and picked at so many things and actors, actually a...continued
Directed by Brandon Ferruccio
Produced by Jeff June
Produced by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service