Yank! (review)

Yank! (review)
Yank! (review)
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THE PLAY: An innocent soldier deals with his burgeoning homosexuality and the relationship that develops with a fellow recruit during World War II. Based on historical documents, this musical offers a glimpse into the Army’s closeted culture.

 

THE PRODUCTION: This mostly-male cast (the majority from VCU) creates a solid ensemble with strong voices, entertaining characters and assured performances. Andrew Colletti embodies his dilemma with sweet innocence, while Ed Hughes is a perfect fit for the dashing hero. Theirs is a genuinely affecting love story. Georgia Rogers Farmer’s assured delivery makes every one of her numbers a gem. Director James Stover and choreographer Rebecca Frost Mayer have mounted the show with fun and flair, although the tap number was rough around the edges. The band (under the direction of Kim Fox) ably supported this challenging score, even though the singers occasionally struggled with the arrangements. Alex Valentin’s costumes managed a few attractive dresses among the military wear (and some inappropriately contemporary civilian clothes). Granville Burgess’ set was serviceable without adding any artistic style, while Michael Jarett’s lighting did most of the heavy lifting. The rear-projected images gave historical context, but the glare from the projector’s light was a distraction.

 

THE POINT: This appealing musical offers a lively, entertaining and sometimes touching gay angle on wartime history.

 

4 out of 5 stars (4 / 5)

 

At Richmond Triangle Players thru 6/13

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Georgia Rogers Farmer leads the cast in a song. (Photos by MacLellan)

 

 

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