Sunday, March 29, 2015
All Gone West
Sam (Joseph Robinson) a handsome young bachelor dreams of a nightclub of his own and a pretty dame on his arm. Mary Elizabeth (Kristen French) a pretty young, and independent minded woman wants a husband to love in the soft suburban life out in California. Once they find each other, they give it all a shot. Not everything works out but in life, just as in love, compromises are always made. And if you give it your all, the sky's really the limit.
There are a few side stories going on here aside from the two lovers. Sam's best friend, Sonny Green (Jesse Maens), from the army is a great black jazz musician - and jazz (and apparently drugs) is his passion. Sam's "business partner" Willie (Anthony Bosco) is a true gangster. And Mary Elizabeth's "boyfriend" is a college professor quite her senior. All these story lines merge when Sam and Mary meet, get married, and open a jazz joint. Fireworks ensue and the tunes flow from the band.
The show is brilliantly lit especially for an off-off Broadway show (kudos Christina Wantanabe) and of course the band was delightful.
It's clear that a lot of love, care, and TLC went into cultivating this production.