Dames at Sea (review)

Dames at Sea (review)
Dames at Sea (review)
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THE PLAY: A naive chorus girl from the Midwest arrives in New York City and lands in a Broadway musical.


THE PRODUCTION: It isn’t necessary to appreciate 30s “backstage” musicals to enjoy this spirited show, but it does help with some of the comic references. This is all about song and dance, but despite the broad smiles and good voices, some of the dancers seem to be concentrating on their steps, instead of the enjoying it (maybe they’ll relax deeper into the run). As Ruby, Anne Michelle Forbes looks like a kewpie doll come alive. Her delightfully spunky characterization makes up for her only adequate dancing. Robyn O’Neill (who played Ruby at the Mill 26 years ago) could have added more flourish to her vampy diva. The supporting couple (Nicole Morris-Anastasi and Derrick Jaques) perfectly capture the ramped-up style that edges on camp. Director Tom Width has tweaked this lively ensemble to squeeze the most out of every number, while Alissa Pagnotti’s choreography is traditional without any creative flourishes. The set by Width and lights by Zachary Townsend are fine, while Maura Lynch Cravey’s costumes sometimes nod to the period, but aren’t always flattering. Running time: 1:50


THE POINT: While there are a few aspects of the production that could be better, the overall effect is enthusiastic fun.


3.5 out of 5 stars (3.5 / 5)


At Swift Creek Mill Theatre thru 5/5


Travis West, Steve King and Derrick Jaques. (Photos by Robyn O’Neill)

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