Vienna Theatre Company You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown (Revised)By Laura & Mike Clark • Apr 30th, 2007 • Category: Reviews
Listen to our review of Vienna Theatre Company’s You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown (Revised) [MP3 5:22 1.5MB].
Mike: You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown is based on the comic strip Peanuts by Charles M. Schultz. This show is a musical by Clark M. Gesner, Michael Mayer, and Andrew Lippa. It’s a day in the life of Charlie Brown. It has a lot of the familiar Peanuts gang in it. They tell different vignettes of the happenings of Charlie Brown’s life.
Laura: This was a good show. I may sound like a broken record because this is the third time we’ve seen You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown this year. We saw it at Sterling PlayMakers in Sterling Virginia. Springfield Community Theatre did it in Springfield Virginia. That show we shadowed the entire process, found it really interesting. And Friday night at Vienna so I’m trying really hard to make it stand on it’s own, but after seeing it three times in about three months it’s really hard not to group them all together. Vienna had some really good technical aspects and the dancing and singing were pretty good.
Mike: If you aren’t able to get out to Vienna, this show is also playing at the Gaithersburg Arts Barn put on by the Montgomery Playhouse. Unfortunately we’re not going to be able to get out and see that one. We’ve got other shows to see. We’re not trying to be flip, but it’s kind of funny that four theaters in less than three months in the fairly same geographic area are doing the same show.
It was very enjoyable. We were very familiar with it since we had just shadowed the Springfield Community version, so we knew exactly what to expect. A lot of times we were pleasantly surprised with how good it was. A couple of the vignettes we liked how either Sterling or Springfield had done it. That’s not good or bad it’s just different. There are so many different interpretations on how you can do a show. This is a perfect example on how that can happen.
Laura: Linus Van Pelt was played by Chuck Dluhy. I liked his “Blanket and Me” song very much. He was a good dancer. He had really good numbers with that. When he talked, he talked a little bit fast. I don’t know if that was nervousness or what, adrenaline rushing through him. Over all he did a good job.
Mike: Charlie Brown was played by Ryan Khatcheressian. He did a good job as Charlie Brown. My favorite number in the show was “the Kite.” Ryan did a really a good job with that. Fighting with the kite and trying not to get real frustrated or upset when the kite just won’t get up. Then it finally does and that relief and that joy on Ryan’s face as Charlie Brown was great.
Laura: Snoopy played by Andy Izquierdo did a wonderful job. I like his dance number, “Chasing Rabbits” with him and Sally. The thing that I liked about it was that each of the different musical numbers that came on, they danced to whatever the music was that was playing. Having a live orchestra was really good with that. I liked the orchestra because they were not overpowering.
Mike: Schroeder was played by Johnny Goshen, Sally was played by Angela Stellute, and Lucy was played by Susanna Todd. They all did fine jobs. Sally and Snoopy did did a pretty good job with the different dance numbers in “Chasing Rabbits.” And Schroeder with “Beethoven Day” had very interesting choreography for that song. Choreography was done by the director Christopher Smith. When Lucy was giving advice to Charlie Brown in “The Doctor is In,” she was actually feeling tender towards Charlie Brown and she got that point across.
Laura: The lighting for Charlie Brown was very good. Lighting Director was B. Keith Ryder. I liked the different lighting effects that they used. You could see the sun rise and the sunset. You could see in Snoopy’s monologue, The Red Baron, when it all went to red. I thought that was really excellent and really well done.
Mike: One of the effects with the lighting that was really well done was the silhouettes. For example in the opening number, “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown,” Charlie Brown was out front and a spotlight was on him. The other characters were on stage, but there was no light on them. They were backlit. All you saw was their silhouette and they were in different positions, in character. It looked really good from out in the audience. I liked that effect a lot.
Laura: You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown is playing through May 12th. Friday and Saturdays at 8 and Sunday matinees at 2 PM. On May 6th there is a talk back with the actors after the show. Encourage you to go see that. Definitely recommend you go see Charlie Brown. It is very family friendly show and you’ll really enjoy it.
Mike: The show is about two hours long with one intermission. Definitely worth seeing. It is very kid friendly and I think you’ll really enjoy it.
Laura: And now, on with the show.
- Linus: Chuck Dluhy
- Charlie Brown: Ryan Khatcheressian
- Schroeder: Johnny Goshen
- Sally: Angela Stellute
- Snoopy: Andy Izquierdo
- Lucy: Susanna Todd
- Producer: John Segota
- Director: Christopher Smith
- Musical Director: Larry Zimmerman
- Choreography: Christopher Smith
- Stage Manager: Jessica Armstrong
- Assistant Stage Managers: Lucy Todd, Kevin Carrington
- Set Painting: Dick Garey, William Kolodrubetz, Kevin O’Neil, Adrian Steel,
- Master Carpenter: Peter Finkel
- Carpenters: Dick Garey, William Kolodrubetz, Kevin O’Neil, Hank Drahos, Charlie Brown, George Finkel
- Master Electrician: Tom Epps
- Props Design: Janet Bordeaux
- Costume Design: Joan A. S. Lada
- Hair and Makeup: Amber Dyer
- Lighting Design: B. Keith Ryder
- Light Board operator: Michael Swandt
- Sound Design: Stan Harris
- Special Effects: Beatrice von Bitteroeven
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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.