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Review: Forever Plaid

By • Mar 4th, 2006 • Category: Reviews

Listen to our review of Reston Community Players’ production of Forever Plaid [MP3 3:39 3.4MB].

Laura: We’re talking about Reston Community Players‘ production of Forever Plaid which opened tonight.

Mike: Forever Plaid is the story of four guys in 1964 who are killed on the way to their first gig. They were the four members of a singing group called, actually I don’t know what they were called.

Laura: I think the Plaids.

Mike: The Plaids. They kind of had a theme going to fit into the 50′s and 60′s thing. They showed off some of their albums and things. Through the magic of the way the planets aligned and things they got to come back and do one show on earth. If they did a good job they would be able to keep performing. They were doing their best to do a show even though it had been over forty years since they had been together singing. They started out a little nervous and warmed up to it. They sang some really good songs from the 50′s and 60′s. It was a pretty good show.

Laura: I really liked it. The setting was a music hall. They had a bass player and a pianist.

Mike: The two musicians and the four Plaids and that was the whole cast. It was pretty straight forward. It was basically a concert. They would sing songs and realize, “Oh I forgot what we do next.” Then they would improv it around and then played/sang tons of songs. All of the songs they played were older than me and older than Laura. I’m older than Laura. There were a few people younger than us, but generally the people there were older than us by 15 years. But everybody enjoyed themselves.

Laura: Oh yes. You could hear lots of laughter. The Plaids came down into the audience. The audience warmed up to them, I think, right from the beginning as far as interacting with them and laughing and having a really good time remembering those songs.

Mike: At the very beginning they asked the audience a question and everyone kind of looked st them like, “Oh, you want us to answer.” So one of the guys in the group answered the question. And then after that it was fine. Everyone realized there was going to be interaction. The show they did had microphone stands and I felt they were moving he microphone stands a lot. They were in the back, then they were in the front, then they were on the sides. That was fine. It worked. One of the funny things was they kept standing on the cords. They would be doing their little do wop numbers and one of the guys would realize that someone was standing on the cord and he couldn’t do wop because if he had to do that

Laura: He would pull the microphone out.

Mike: That was kind of funny. Don’t know if that was an opening night thing or nervousness. It could have been fitting into the plot where they have been away for forty years being dead. It worked really well. It was a lot of fun. They sang a lot of different numbers. I’m not a musician so I didn’t see anything wrong.

Laura: I think they harmonized well together and sang well together.

Mike: It was a fun time. There were a lot of people. There were some empty seats, but

Laura: It was pretty much a packed house.

Mike: It was pretty packed. So if you do want to go see Forever Plaid and Reston Community Players at the Reston Center, You should definitely call ahead and get reservations made. It’s playing for the next two and a half weeks through March 25th. If you’ve seen the show go ahead and leave comments on our website and let us know what you thought of it.

Laura: And now, on with the show.

Cast

  • Francis (Frankie): Wade Corder
  • Sparky: Christopher Borton
  • Jinx: Troy Miller
  • Smudge: Rick Stegman
  • Accompanist: Brian Victor
  • Uncle Chester (Bass): Jack Coulter

Crew

  • Co-Producers: Sue Pinkman, Bruce Lipin
  • Director: Karen Schlumpf
  • Musical Director: Brian Victor
  • Choreographer: Troy Miller
  • Original Choreography: Grace Manly Mechanic
  • Stage Managers: Erin Gray, Brian Farrell
  • Set Design: Sue Pinkman
  • Technical Director: Herb Pierce
  • Costume Designer: Anita Miller
  • Lighting Designer: Ken Crowley, Patti Crowley
  • Sound Designer: Greg Pennington
  • Set Dressing: Sue Pinkman
  • Properties Acquisition: Lori Knickerbocker, Joanne Quam, Sue Pinkman
  • Running Crew Chief: Rini Segar
  • Set Construction: Herb Pierce, Rob Robinson, Don Glenn, John Abell, Patrick Pinkman
  • Hair Design: Anna Michelle Jackson
  • Seamstresses: Anita Miller, Maggie Geuting, Charlotte Marson, Judy Whelihan
  • Running Crew: Rini Segar, Laura Baughman, Susan Eimas, Eileen Mullee, Emily Besuden, Tom Epps, Alan Reichert, Greg Pennington, Jerry McFaul, Jason Willet, Joanne Quam, Lori Knickerbocker, Tom Geuting, Rick Schneider, Herb Pierce
  • Publicity: Rick Schneider, Kay Vakerics
  • Photographer: Joe Douglass
  • Playbill Production: Sue Pinkman
  • House Management: Judy Cook

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started ShowBizRadio in August 2005 because they love live theater. They each have both performed in and worked behind the scenes in DC area productions, as well as earned a Career Studies Certificate in Theater from Northern Virginia Community College. Mike & Laura are each members of the American Theatre Critics Association, and Mike is a member of the Online News Association.

One Response »

  1. Dear Laura and Mike,
    I thoroughly enjoyed your review. I just wanted to say that I saw “Forever Plaid” in San Diego 3 times, with 3 different casts. All 3 performances were great! My wife and I took one of my two sisters and two of our 3 daughters (the others couldn’t attend any of the 3 performances). My sisters and I grew up in a musical family in the ’50s and ’60s, and sang similar songs as a family trio. The music brought back lots and lots of wonderful memories.
    The music was so well done that I wanted to sit and listen with my eyes shut, but I would have missed all the visual comedy. It was not only a good musical presentation, but the comedy was well done, too.
    I just wanted to point out one thing to you, Mike. The concept of the show was that they were able to come back for only one performance, and not several, “If they did a good job.” However, during the “Shangri-La/Rags To Riches” medley, I can see how the audience would be confused about that, as they talk about future albums, like, a Christmas album they would call “Plaid Tidings,” “The Good, the Plaid and the Ugly” and a “Solid Gold Hits” album. The last chord they sing (I cannot remember the song) rings on seemingly forever (hence the “Forever” in the show title about a group called the Plaids), and echoes and reechoes as it slowly fades.
    My wife and I now live near Fresno, CA, and have been searching for any nearby productions. We want to see it again and again! We were able to purchase the original cast recording, but those particular performers kept going flat! What a disappointment, but I still listen to it. Masochist that I am, it’s a trade-off in suffering through the bad parts to hear the good ones.
    Thank you for allowing comments on your excellent review.
    Sincerely,
    Daniel R. Mills