Deborah C. Payne’s Event Journal

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Saturday November 10, 2012 / 8:00pm
My Fair Lady
2 tickets
Assigned at Box Office

How was your experience?

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Crisp direction by Molly Smith and very nice performances by the leads. I did think that Eliza Doolittle's father was woefully miscast: he can't sing, can't act, and can't even move very well. And he doesn't look much older than his daughter, which is a bit weird. The accents need some work: Colonel Pickering delivers his lines in some strange American notion of British English and Eliza's Cockney made me wince at points. Arena should bring in a better vocal coach, especially given that this is a play about verbal delivery! Still, it is a dynamic and thoroughly enjoyable show--just not as consistent as "The Music Man" or other musicals they've done recently.