Trusty Sidekick Theater Company’s production of The Stowaway, or How the Mistress Quickly Went from Madcap to Majestic at Classic Stage Company is a gem of theatre for young audiences. Based on several of Shakespeare’s plays, the new work by Drew Petersen is charming and entertaining.
The story is structured like a Shakespearean tale: Constance the Figurehead (Leigh Poulos) begins the show by telling us vaguely and poetically what we are about to see unfold on stage. A twin brother and sister, Dennis (Rowan Magee) and Dull (Ashley Renee Thaxton), are separated by the power hungry conspirator Bullcalf (Neil Tyrone Pritchard), who takes Dennis’ place as Duke of Hockey Puck. Dennis mysteriously disappears and Dull runs away. She decides she must go to Illyria, and stows away on the Mistress Quickly, a ship captained by a crab, Captain Pinch (Rowan Magee). The crew is made up of reliable first mate Mr. Faulconbridge (Neil Tyrone Pritchard), the muscly Froth (Leigh Poulos), the not-a-medical-doctor Dr. Butts (Spencer Lott), the cheery cook, Shallow (Renata Melillo Townsend) and the house band, The Fallstaff Trio (Molly Powers Gallagher, Jocelyn Mackenzie, and Drew Petersen). Shortly after they discover Dull, a storm shipwrecks them, and they find themselves separated on the island of Hockey Puck. Dull seeks out The Weird Sisters (Renata Melillo Townsend) to change Dennis back, while Captain Pinch finds himself captured after a fight with Captain Prince Hal (Spencer Lott).
Consistent with Trusty Sidekick Theater Company’s goals, the show is curated to teach children not only the content of the show, but also how theatre works. From interactive moments during the show to worksheets and activities in the program, everything about the show is geared toward educating and entertaining a young audience. The flow of vernacular language and Shakespeare’s lines teaches us what to expect out of the language. The characters also help us understand theatrical elements. This is achieved with self-awareness. They make comments about the presence of the audience, and saying things like, “When the Fallstaff Trio hits a dramatic note, you know it’s about to go down!”
The puppets, designed by Spencer Lott, are not complicated contraptions, and the actors give them life with movement and vocal qualities that are fun and silly. As an ensemble the actors are simply charming and they play together very well. As individuals, the actors are larger than life – no gesture, no line is too small for them. Ashley Renee Thaxton engages the audience most on a personal level and her warm demeanor helps us to feel like we are a part of the story.
The physical movement and choreography, by Sabrina Jacob, is really the icing on the cake. It’s is specific and smooth. The movement that demonstrates the ship going through a storm is particularly fantastic. Music and sound are an essential element to the production as well. Accompaniment of the Fallstaff Trio, and the original music, written by Drew Petersen, are upbeat and exciting. The final song, “The Wind and Rain,” closes the show with sweet sincerity by saying “What’s to come is still a ship on a shore with promise of something new / If to thine own self you are true.”
The design of the show is splendid. Anshuman Bhatia’s scenic design is large and spacious, and Jane Chan’s lighting design teaches us the most about dramatic moments in a theatrical production. Natalie Loveland’s costume design is perfect. A cross between pirates and Elizabethan era styles, every detail is thought out and the color palette is vibrant.
The experience is enjoyable for children of all ages. There are plenty of puns and pop culture references for adults to grab onto (including a small shout out to Flashdance and Dirty Dancing). All in all Trusty Sidekick Theater Company and Classic Stage Company deliver a high quality piece of theatre for all generations. It is an entertaining and captivating theatrical experience.
The Stowaway¸ Classic Stage Company and Trusty Sidekick Theater Company, 136 East 13th Street. Closes November 19th. Tickets HERE.
My View: Someone Named Storm Caused Lots Of Excitement In New York City Last Night
Storm Large has made a name for herself from tours with Pink Martini to orchestral appearances at Carnegie Hall to the television stage of “America’s Got Talent.” But it is with her loyal and fearless band, Le Bonheur, that she grabs audiences. by the lapels and refuses to let go. Love, Storm her new show played 54 Below last night. It’s a playlist of songs by pop luminaries, rock goddesses, and Storm’s fiery originals. There might be someone in the news with a variation of her name currently causing some political excitement, but few entertainers can create the musical excitement that exists in a Storm Large performance.
My View: The Only Thing Missing Was A Latte ( with extra foam) Marcy & Zina Party at 54 Below
The only thing missing at last night’s party for Marcy and Zina was a Latte choice in the beverage section on the menu at 54 Below (with extra foam). The show, titled Make Your Own Party: The Songs of Goldrich and Heisler was conceived by Scott Coulter and performed by a cast of five. It celebrated over three decades of quirky, heartfelt and utterly contemporary romantic comedy songs written by Marcy Heisler and Zina Goldrich.
From “Taylor the Latte Boy” to under appreciated altos we were introduced to the cast of characters that inspired these inseparable, irreverent friends to write over three hundred and counting musical love letters to the city, the theatre, and the people who make them sing. The evening was filled with the heart felt stories that these two award winning women have created and was performed by a first rate cast of Broadway super singers. The lyrics, the music, the luscious harmonies…it was the best party of music I’ve ever been invited to.
The Performers: Jill Abramowitz, Cole Burden, Alex Getlin, Joe Kinosian, Kelli Rabke, and Austin Rivers.
Joe Kinosian,piano, Matt Scharfglass, bass
Marcy & Zina have been performing and writing together since 1992. Their critically acclaimed romantic comedy songs have been featured in venues across the world, recorded by artists across many genres, and appear in numerous folios and collected works. Their Off-Broadway musical Dear Edwina earned them a Drama Desk nomination, and other works have been produced by regional powerhouses such as Paper Mill playhouse, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Goodspeed, and the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts. Their shows include Ever After, JUnie B Jones, and The Great American Musical, based on the bestselling book by auther/director Julie Andrews.
My View: Live from 54 Below…Saturday Night Love Songs
If there is one night during the week when you want-need?- to hear love songs, well, it’s got to be a Saturday night. And this last Saturday, 54 Below provided just the right tonic of famously romantic songs in a show created and hosted by Scott Siegel titled “Love Song Saturday Night”. It’s a new hit series at the club and the songs in the show came from every genre, including Broadway, country, pop, R&B, and more. They were performed by a richly talented cast of stars that sing not from the page, but from the soul. The packed house of mostly lovers had a sensational time and Eda and I got home in time for Saturday Night Live
The Performers: Edward Staudenmayer, Elena Mindlina, Christopher Brian, Moipei, Matthew Drinkwater, Ryan Knowles, Ben Jones. Ron Abel, music director
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