Theatre Mirror Reviews - "Singin' in The Rain"

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"Singin' in The Rain"

Reviewed by Heleni Thayre

The Longwood Players' "Singing in the Rain" is an unabashedly amateur production that is full of flair, and fun ­ and an enthusiastic cheering section in the audience to go with it. It's got lots of humor and invention and some delightful - and delightfully goofy - dance segments. In a word it's got charm. From a professional point of view it would be considered very uneven, but for what it is, it is an amazingly ambitious undertaking. The work that went into mounting this Busby Berkleyesque extravaganza must have been staggering!

Especially enjoyable were the several "movies" contained within the show, all made to order. Ditto a couple of comic song and dance routines between the male star Don Lockwood (Sagar Koduri) and his guy pal Cosmo Brown (Jason Tennis) who did a thing with a stuffed dummy that has to be seen to be believed! Karla Goo is appealing as Kathy Selden, Lockwood's girl friend, and was particularly irresistible in her dance segments.

That said, the first act, at an hour forty minutes, seemed eternal, and some of the street scenes a bit too overwhelmed by pedestrians. If this latter was intended as a comic gag, it didnšt work as well as it could have. The actors often could not be heard in their speaking roles, though the songs were miked and came through pretty well. But if you take it in the spirit it's given, youšll have fun attending this musical. Heleni Thayre

"Singin' in The Rain" (till 28 April)
THE LONGWOOD PLAYERS
Tower Auditorium, Massachusetts College of Art, 621Huntington Avenue, BOSTON
1(617) 496-2222

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