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The Man Who Came to Dinner (ACCT)

By • Mar 28th, 2006 • Category: Reviews

Listen to our review of Aldersgate Church Community Theater’s production of The Man Who Came to Dinner [MP3 3:05 2.9MB].

Laura: And this afternoon we saw Aldersgate Church Community Theater‘s production of The Man Who Came to Dinner.

Mike: The Man Who Came to Dinner is a comedy written by Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman. It’s the story of a celebrity who comes to Ohio for dinner with some people. Unfortunately he falls on some ice and and breaks his hip. So he’s stuck at their house so they get to learn much more about celebrities than they ever wanted to know.

Laura: I thought it was a good show. I liked the actors and actresses overall. But I felt that it was missing a beat and that made it seem really long to me.

Mike: Comedy is hard because you’ve really got to connect with each other on stage and with the audience. There was laughter, but there were also points where there was long exposition. There was talking and moving things around. There were people coming on and off and more talking. There was a rhythm that was missing.

Laura: I liked the actress who played Maggie Cutler. Her name is Maggie Bush. I thought she did a really good job of staying in character and reacting to the other actors. She responded to what they said and what they felt. She had good emotion and good stage presence.

Mike: The main character was Sheridan Whiteside, played by Phillip Baedecker. He was in a wheelchair for most of the play. He had slipped on the ice and broken his hip. We learn from the show more about his life than we ever wanted to know about any celebrity. He’s abrasive, demanding, rude, a tough boss. But what he wants he gets. He does whatever it takes. And that sets up the second act, one of the characters falls in love and Sheridan does his best to break them up, but then he realizes he shouldn’t have done that and in the third act he has to try to right his wrongs. There are some sub plots that don’t really get explored a lot. The children of the Stanley household come to him and he gives them advice and stuff happens. There are a lot of distractions in the show.

Laura: The doorbell ringing was good. I liked the telephone ringing was realistic and in the third act they had snow falling outside the kitchen window which also made it look very realistic.

Mike: it was nice that the phone ringing was the right sound for the 1930’s. Same with the door buzzer. It wasn’t a “ding dong.” It was a bbrr. That was a nice touch. I liked the set itself. It was very ritzy. They did have a maid and a butler in the house, which Sheridan took over for his own use.

Laura: I think you’ll enjoy The Man Who Came to Dinner. It opened March 24 and is playing through April 9th.

Mike: If you’ve seen the show or would like to make comments on the show you can do so at ShowBizRadio.net. And now, on with the show.

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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.

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