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This is a tough review to write. The program gives NO past credit on the cast or crew. So, I'll have to call this one the way I heard and saw it. First thing, David Holmes as the male lead, J. Pierropont Finch, is just too unbelievable. It was like watching ROSS MATHEWS on stage for 2 1/2 hours too long. It was painful, he could use some classes in butching it up. HE was annoying most of the time along with Levi Fuentes as Bud Frump. It wasn't funny watching someone who was acting like a "retard". I took my mother to the show who has Alzheimers and dementia and older sister. Too my mom, oddly this "screw ball" musical was funny and worth the price seeing my mother laughing and enjoying herself even if she had no clue where she was at. Another annoying thing in community theatre is, when the part calls for a character to play 50+, then cast one, not someone in their 20's or 30's with a gray wig and character make up, it's not a high school production after all - meaning Ms. Jones, Wendy Carey. You are not showing your acting range - you have no idea of what a real life 50+ is thinking, singing or being. Another key part that really fell FLAT was Hedy LaRue played by Cassie March. The name Hedy LaRue ooooozes with sex appeal. This gal hardy had her cup runith over. Great part thrown away on someone who is just "pretty". It must have been friends and family night because the laughter in the back rows were loud and often in the most stupidest of places. "Yup, that's my little boy up there!" The orchestra was just not having a good night - bad!!! Beyond tacky was the costume in "Paris Original" as well as the first costume we see Hedy in. She looked like a bad Christmas tree. "I Believe In You" is such a slam dunk for a laugh BUT not here with Holmes lack of tongue in cheek acting skills. A well done production number with fun choreography was "Coffee Break". On the flip side of was the more than dreadful "Pirate Dance". The end all to end alls is having the whole cast greeting you after the show forcing you to confront some member of the cast as if they did an amazing job, but you just gotta get out of there to pee. They try hard, too hard. On a good note the theatre space is great. The cast sounds great in production numbers. Rosemary played by Gillian Tarkington did her best with what she had to play off of. Her voice and appeal appropriate for the part and well as Smitty played by Jennifer Zimny. I so want to find that "diamond in the rough" in one of Sacramento's small theatres, I've yet to be impressed by any of them or any one really.