Theatre Mirror Reviews - "Damn Yankees"

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"Damn Yankees"

Reviewed by Beverly Creasey

Those "Damn Yankees" are back --- but they're not tormenting the Sox this time. They're playing at the Reagle in Waltham, and the Reagle Players know how to pitch a classic musical. (They've been leading the league in hits in recent years!) For "Damn Yankees" they've drafted New York heavy hitters Dana Moore and Stephen Bogardus.

Moore sizzles as Lola (who always gets what she wants) and Bogardus writhes and wriggles as the slimy devil who grants Chuck Walsh's wish to be a baseball star. And all he has to do is sign over his soul.

Director Frank Roberts has a winning team in the Reagle chorus boys-of-summer, led by Tim Carew, Miguel Cervantes, Roy Earley and Bruce Williams. They executed David Wanstreet's crack choreography with bravado, sliding across the stage, crashing into each other in true baseball style and behaving, with grace, like --- well, like gutsy ballplayers.

Michael Gerhart steals our hearts (and home) as Walsh's young alter ego. Both Walsh and Gerhart tug firmly at those heartstrings. Laurinda Robinson scores as the designated wisecracking woman sportswriter. But in the end it's hearth and home and, of course, the love of a good woman that rallies to beat the devil. Poor guy, he ought to have tried a linebacker!


"Damn Yankees" (13 - 22 June)
REAGLE PLAYERS
Robinson Theatre, Waltham High School, Lexington Street, WALTHAM MABoston Center for The Arts, 539 Tremont Street, BOSTON
1(781)891-5600

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