Daddy Long Legs (review)

Daddy Long Legs (review)
Daddy Long Legs (review)
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THE PLAY: A young woman who grew up in an orphanage is given a free college education by a mysterious benefactor. Their only communication is thru her letters.

 

THE PRODUCTION: Based on a the titular novel (not the Fred Astaire movie), the narrative primarily revolves around the solo reactions of these two characters. Rachel Marrs is pleasant with a wide-eyed manner and smiling voice. Matt Polson creates a more nuanced character with subtle comic moments and rich, expressive vocals. While there are basically only one-note emotions in the first act, some minor conflicts develop after intermission. Director Steve Perigard has kept the staging alive, while allowing the small opportunities for comedy and creating an affecting finish. Even though the songs all sound similar, Musical Director Paul Deiss has guided his excellent trio to provide effective support. Mercedes Schaum has designed a nice-looking multi-use set and Joe Doran’s lights add focus, but some of the accents are unnecessary (esp. that pink). The period clothes by Maura Lunch Cravey are attractive. Running time: 2:20

 

THE POINT: A sweet love letter in an appealing package.

 

4 out of 5 stars (4 / 5)

 

At Swift Creek Mill Theatre thru 2/22

 

LISTEN TO MY REVIEW (as aired on WRIR)

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