Tuesday, June 21, 2016

The Monomoy Theater's "The Drowsy Chaperone" Review

The Drowsy Chaperone is truly a great play. The musical opened June 21 at the Monomoy Theatre in downtown Chatham, and has satisfied crowds in its first week and a half of shows. The play, directed by Mary O’Brady and choreographed by Kyle Brand, runs until July 2.

The story centers around a lonely man (Bill Kux), who is a diehard fan of a Broadway musical titled The Drowsy Chaperone. He loves it so much that time to time, he puts on a record of the show just so he can enjoy it again. The play (with narration by the man) follows a variety of characters, including Robert (Kyle Rudolph) and Janet (Karis Gallant), who are due to be married, Mr. Feldzieg (Alan Rust), who is trying to find a new leading lady for his show, and Kitty (Caroline Jackson), a performer who is dying to be in Feldzieg’s show.

And don’t forget the Drowsy Chaperone! Colleen Welsh, who graduated from the Hartt School last year, guests as Janet’s lazy (but comedic) chaperone whose life (and love) advice just can’t get its way into Janet’s head.

Kyle Brand, who choreographed and directed last year’s opening musical, Damn Yankees, plays the
role of George, Robert’s flustered Best Man who has, to say the least, cold feets. Also guesting is Kyle Rudolph as George and Alan Rust (Monomoy’s artistic director) as Mr. Feldzieg.

The play is also filled with meaningful and silly songs, including the Chaperone’s As We Stumble Along, and the Act I finale Toledo Surprise. Fans of musicals will love the integration of the songs, as well as the clever lyrics.

Final Verdict: A fun play, mostly a comedy, with a heartfelt ending and fantastic acting.
Definitely one of Monomoy’s best yet!
Rating: 10/10
Age Recommendation: 13+ (adult situations and references)

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