Date: Thu, 30 Dec 2004 23:32:50 EST
Subject: A Look Back At 2004 - by TONY ANNICONE
Larry wants me to take a look back at my 84 reviews of 2004 to give a retrospective of the entire year.
I traveled more extensively this past year venturing to theaters in Waltham, Norwood, Norwell, Beverly, Carlisle, Walpole, Mansfield and even to Ivoryton, CT.
I saw "The Music Man" at Reagle Theatre, "Cabaret" and "Beauty and the Beast" at Fiddlehead Theatre, the award winning "Big River" at Company Theatre, ( with multitalented 16 year old Andrew Mackin as Huck Finn) "Nine" (with John-Michael Breen, an outstanding 12 year old as young Guido) and "Aida" at North Shore Music Theatre as well as "The Secret Garden" by Savoyard Light Opera Company with Katherine Doherty, an outstanding 10 year old girl stealing the show.
Next year I will be reviewing "45 Seconds From Broadway" and "Pal Joey" at Footlighters.
The one man version of Christmas Carol stood out among the rest with Gary Poholek handling all of Dickens characters In Mansfield.
The Ivoryton Playhouse first opened in 1930 and since then it lays claim to many famous performers but the most famous was Katherine Hepburn who starred in all their summer shows during their second season in 1931. Their outstanding show this past summer was "Proof" which boasted a topnotch script as well as a topnotch cast.
Another interesting theatre event took place last September when Bay Colony Productions bought the Orpheum Theatre in Foxboro. They started renovations and have planned their 2005 season, too.
On a personal note, I directed "Laughter on the 23rd Floor" for Academy Players in February which had an excellent cast to play Sid Caesar and his cronies, "Murder Behind the Curtain" in April and "The 12 Murders of Christmas" in November and December for Whodunnit Mystery Theatre.
I am currently directing "Odd Couple" for Academy Players in 2005 which will run Feb. 18-20 & 24-27 and the next show I tackle will be "Social Security" at the Newport Playhouse which will run from April 1 to May 22.
I look forward to reviewing many more shows in 2005 with the first two scheduled for Jan. 14 & 15. So get ready Larry, the new reviews will be coming your way very soon.
Happy New year to one & all.