The Pajama Game: Get ComfyBy Laura & Mike Clark • Apr 14th, 2006 • Category: Reviews
Listen to our review of Nova Woodbridge Theatre Group’s performance of The Pajama Game [MP3 4:21 1.3MB].
Laura: Tonight was opening night of the Nova Woodbridge Theatre Group‘s performance of The Pajama Game. Just so you know I performed with Dr. Eric Trumbull, or Doc as we called him, a few years ago in a couple of performances. So I knew some of the actors up here tonight.
Mike: The Pajama Game is a musical. It’s the story of the Sleep-Tite Pajama Factory. The workers who make the pajamas want a 7 and 1/2 cent raise which the management does not want to give them. They have hired a new floor manager to keep everything running well. He falls in love with the head of the union. This causes a lot of trouble when the girls decide to slow down production to make a point. To find out what happens you need to go see The Pajama Game.
Laura: I liked it. They tried really hard. This was opening night so there were some glitches, but overall I think they did a good job.
Mike: It was a good show. The actors were nervous. The first act was pretty rough. There were some missed cues and they weren’t always sure when to start singing altogether, but the second act was much better. They settled down and realized the audience wasn’t going to eat them. They really pulled it together. So I think the rest of the run will be good.
Laura: I enjoyed Catherine “Babe” Williams played by Becca Harney. She had a nice stage voice and a good presence. Her voice carried. It looks like she has had some training. She carried her part well and her dance numbers were well done. Her reactions to her love interest, Sid, were very believable.
Mike: Sid Sorokin was played by Devon Pruden. This was his acting debut. He did pretty well. You could see he was nervous at the beginning, but by the end of show he pulled it together and did well. He was nervous, his voice broke during a couple of the songs. The second act went much better. He was warmed up and did a good job. He did a number with Babe Williams played by Becca Harney called “There once was a man.” That was really a good song. They had both warmed up and were pretty comfortable with each other. That was a nice number, I enjoyed that one a lot.
Laura: Another actress that I enjoyed was Mabel played by Michel Izquieta. She had a nice singing voice. She had a nice dance number with Brett Bartosavage who played Vernon Hines. They had a nice tap dance number together. Her singing voice carried well.
Mike: The technical parts of the show were rough. There were a few missed cues where the singers started then stopped or stood up and then sat back down. There were a few sound effects that were in the wrong place. A phone rang when there was supposed to be a knock at the door. The actors didn’t realize they should covered for the phone ringing, maybe by picking up the phone and saying,”No!!” and then hanging up the phone. The second act was much cleaner. They do need another spotlight. They only had one follow spotlight so it was awkward watching the singer, especially during the duets, because the spotlight would jump across the stage back and forth between the singers. That was distracting.
Laura: I enjoyed the costumes. They weren’t 1956, but they were not 2006 either. There were a lot of costume changes that they did well and quickly.
Mike: So that’s The Pajama Game performed by the Nova Woodbridge Theatre Group at the Northern Virginia Community College in Woodbridge, Virginia. They are playing for the next two weeks, Thursday thru Saturday at 7:30 PM. Admission is $5 at the door. So come on out and support this show. Also the soundtrack from the 1954 broadway version is playing on our online radio station. If you want to listen go to showbizradio.net/listen/.
Laura: And now, on with the show.
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Laura & Mike Clark 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.