They’re Playing Our Song (review)

They’re Playing Our Song (review)
They’re Playing Our Song (review)
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THE PLAY: A flighty lyricist and a nerdy composer team up to write songs, but their professional endeavors quickly fall to the side when they almost instantly fall for each other. Still, their relationship has its challenges. The catchy melodies are penned by Marvin Hamlisch.

 

THE PRODUCTION: This is basically a two-person show (with a chorus of their duplicate personalities). Aly Wepplo perfectly captures her character’s comic charms and dizzy delivery, while wearing Jeanne Nugent’s wonderfully wacky clothes. Landon Nagel makes up for his average singing voice with a sweetly lovable, laughably ungainly performance. He nails the delivery of every Neil Simon one-liner (with an occasional New York accent). This delightful duo ably compensates for the slight story. Director Jan Guarino has staged it with delightful energy and a chorus that (even in the scene changes) adds to the mirth. Terrie Powers versatile set and BJ Wilkinson’s lighting work well.

 

THE POINT: A sweet delight featuring Neil Simon’s comedy, Marvin Hamlisch’s music and two charming performances.

 

4 out of 5 stars (4 / 5)

 

A Virginia Rep production at Hanover Tavern thru 1/4

 

LISTEN TO MY REVIEW (as aired on WRIR)

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