Theatre Mirror Reviews - "Love A La Mode"

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"Love A La Mode"

The Players third show of their 97th season is "Love a la Mode", a cabaret filled with romantic songs and an evening of love and laughter. Veteran director Cait Calvo and musical director Charles Strauss compile a cabaret with over thirty love songs and a talented six member cast pull it off. Stage managers, Iain Lawson and Roz Remington keep things moving smoothly all night long while the cast performs their numbers wonderfully and the topnotch choreography is by Adam Crowe.

Charles also plays the piano for the show while Ken DiBiasio is on drums. Their wonderful accompaniment to the numbers is topnotch. Each performer has their moment to shine in this show. Liz Messier opens the show with a heartfelt rendition of "I Still Believe in Love" from "They're Playing Our Song" which I directed her in 17 years ago. She also does an excellent job with Patsy Cline's "Crazy", a comedy number called "My Handyman Ain't Handy No More" and a comic duet with Dan Colbert called "Nobody's Perfect" and a lovely duet with Holly Applegate from "Chess" called "I Know Him So Well". Dan handles most of the comic songs in the show including "Little Bit Of Luck", "Get Me to the Church" and "Pistol Packin' Mama". He also plays the guitar and does a hilarious job singing harmony with Dennis Bouchard on "Your Cheatin' Heart". Dan also wrote some clever cell phone skits for each cast member. Holly's lovely soprano voice sells many of her numbers including "Handsome, Winsome Johnny", "Married" duet with Adam Crowe, "The Man That Got Away" and "Lover Come Back to Me" which was her late mother's favorite song. Dennis' strong baritone voice is heard in "Nel Cor Piu Non Mi Sento", "September Song"duet with Kim Kalunian, "You Go to my Head", "Don't Get Around Much Anymore", "You Don't Know Me" which he sings to the ladies in the audience and What Would I Do" a very poignant duet from "Falsettos" that he sings with Adam. The multitalented Adam not only choreographs the show but performs in it, too. His show stopping number is "Singin' in The Rain" with real water falling from his umbrella as he dances up a storm. His voice is shown off in "Unusual Way", a gorgeous ballad from"Nine" and in the fantastic "I Am What I Am" from "La Cage Aux Folles". Last but not least is the fabulous Kim Kalunian who at 16 years old makes her debut at Players but is no stranger to the stage. She looks like a young Carol Lawrence and sounds like her, too. Kim's numbers include "I Feel Pretty", "Love For Sale" and "Forget About the Boy". There are many rousing ensemble numbers that will put you in the mood for Valentine's Day. So for a trip down memory lane, be sure to catch "Love a la Mode". To become a member of this theatre club just give Lydia a call or email her at ThePlayers1909@aol.com and she will happily sign you up.

"Love A La Mode" (28 January - 5 February)
THE PLAYERS
Barker Playhouse, 400 Benefit Street, PROVIDENCE RI
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