A. Melchi

A. Melchi’s Event Journal

Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris

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Cleverly staged production a little uneven in the first act when I got the feeling the mikes were not adjusted properly. Jacques Brel's songs left the audience so moved that applause was nearly always delayed while we "came back" emotionally. Robert Parkison has put on a little weight since his photo was taken, and--in the first act, sometimes gave the impression of not being comfortable or having experienced enough of life to really know what he was singing about, but in the second act, when the mikes seemed better adjusted, he also seemed far more confident and came presented a strong and winning performance. His rendition of "Amsterdam" in particular was very powerful and moving. Amy Ganser seemed a bit young in terms of emotional life experience, which detracts not at all from her talent. She's truly excellent as "Timid Frieda." Eric Goldstein is, indeed, multi-talented and does a rousing "Jackie," a touching "Ne Me Quitte Pas," and quite a "Funeral Tango." Delilah Kujala is a fabulous talent whom I found to be an absolute joy to hear and to watch. My second good experience at Costa Mesa Playhouse.