Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Marvin seems a bit mis-cast (Christian Borle). He's a bit older, he was (tragically) married and has a kid - it was the generation for such nonsense i suppose. Wizzer (Andrew Rannells) is younger, sexier, and quite clearly gets around as it were. Even the name of the character seems a bit dated, to be honest. The performance I attended was quite unique in the fact that both Stephanie J. Block (Trina) and her understudy Courtney Balan (Trina). A second understudy Stephanie Umoh (Trina) with a mere 2 hours of rehearsal time went on - script in hand. I was nervous for the first 15 minutes but soon realized she was not going to miss a note, a step, or a line. In fact she was fantastic.
I sort of wish the entire show was as rewarding as watching an actor really executing her craft with aplomb. I still do not really know exactly what the falsettos are or were or represent. Bizarre to say the least. I think the best character and actor on stage was perhaps Mendel (Brandon Uranowitz). By far he seems to be comfortable in his own shoes in this show.
While I enjoyed the overall performance, it left me with a feeling of being incomplete, unexplained at times, and disjointed. The actors seemed mostly mis-cast and the lack of set (mostly a geometric block of shapes that fit together to all sorts of un-identified formations) did not do the production and favors. I don't see this one lasting very long. But stranger things have happened.