Reston Community Players Guys and DollsBy Laura & Mike Clark • Oct 27th, 2007 • Category: Reviews, Stand Out!
Listen to our review of the Reston Community Players’ production of Guys and Dolls [MP3 4:40 2.1MB].
Mike: This was a fantastic show. We were just amazed at how good this show is. Guys and Dolls is one of those popular shows out there that always pulls in the audience and community theaters love to do it. The Reston Community Players did a great job with it.
Laura: This was a fantastic show. The choreography was incredible. The singing and dancing was great. They had a wonderful audience and just ramped it up. It was just so much fun. I would call this a standout show.
Mike: This was definitely outstanding, part of that was because it was opening night so there were a lot of family and friends in the audience. It was almost sold out and the show was great. There weren’t any major mistakes. There were a couple minor flaws. Part of that is just things happen, but there was nothing that would knock it enough to not be outstanding.
Laura: Yes, I highly recommend you go see this show if you’re in the mood for a good old fashioned classic musical.
Mike: Guys and Dolls is a musical. Music and Lyrics by Frank Loesser. Book by Jo Swerling and Abe Andrews. It’s the story of some high rollers in New York City. Nathan Detroit is running a floating craps game and is looking for a location to hold his game. Unfortunately his fiancee of 14 years, Adelaide is always trying to convince him to go straight. Nathan needs $1,000 so he can set up a floating crap game. He bets his friend Sky Masterson that he can’t take the upright Sarah Brown, who is in charge of the Save A Soul Mission, to Havana for dinner. This show is a love story within a love story. It’s a lot of singing and dancing with lots of colorful characters.
Laura: This was a huge cast. We can’t talk about everybody, even though everybody did an incredible job. We’ll only talk about a few people in the show even though as I’ve said everybody was great. One of the Gamblers, Nicely, Nicely Johnson was played by Nick Von Bank. He did a great job. He has a great voice. One of my favorite songs was in the second act, ‘Sit Down You’re Rockin’ the Boat’. He just went all out for that song. Throughout the entire musical he has so much expression. He reacts well to the other actors on stage.
Mike: Sky Masterson is the high roller with a heart. He was played by James Finley. He had to be very concerned for his friends as well as both his reputation and for winning the bet which is of course what gamblers do. I think the tenderness he showed towards Miss Sarah when he was acting and then later when he was actually in love with her, I think that was a really good performance.
Laura: One of the songs that Finley sang that I really liked, in the second act, when he was playing craps with the other gamblers, was ‘Luck Be A Lady.’ It was just a really good song. He has a powerful voice that you could hear over the orchestra and evrything. I was just really impressed with that song.
And then the uptight upright almost self righteous leader of the Save a Soul Mission was Miss Sarah Brown played by Molly Hicks. She was pretty uptight until Sky Masterson escorted her down to Havana. She let her guard down a little bit (with the help of a Cuban milkshake). I really enjoyed that whole scene.
Mike: She did a fantastic job. I love the song, “If I were a Bell.” She made that song so fun. It really seemed that the contrast that she brought from upright Sarah Brown at the mission versus the slightly intoxicated love bird in Cuba. I really liked that difference. I also really liked the set in that scene especially. They actually pulled a fountain onto the stage area. There were lots of gasps of surprise when people realized the fountain was actually working.
Nathan Detroit, another gambler, was played by Paul Mattocks. He ran the oldest established permanent floating crap game in New York. He was so believable. He was in a long term relationship with Adelaide. They had been engaged for many years. The scenes with where he could express his love and his feelings towards her, but whenever she would say ok, let’s get married now, he would back peddle. He would get this dear in the headlights expression, “Oh my gosh, I’m in trouble!” He could turn that on and off. It was just fascinating to watch. I really liked his performance as well.
Laura: You couldn’t help but love Nathan Detroit. Even though he was a gambler and always trying to outsmart Lt. Brannigan. He had a soft spot that you just fell in love wih. His fiancee of many yers Adelaide wws played by Lisa Marie Cabrelli. She was hysterical. She could give him some looks that would just freeze ice when she was mad at him. She was so funny.
Mike: She was such a good sport about the situation, but when she did finally hit her point and realized that she still loved him despite being so frustrated wih him. I liked her fire as well as her tenderness towards Nathan. Then the scene at the end when she was talking with Sarah Brown ws very nicely done. I liked the comaradrie that they had even though that was really their first scene together at the end of the show.
Laura: All of the dance numbers in this show were incredible. They were very complex and so good. The choreogrpher was Ivan Davila. He just did a great job with the design of the dance numbers. They were pretty complex. The Dance Captain was Christy Slosky. One of my favorite dance numbers was ‘Take Back your Mink’ that opened the second act. It was just really good.
Mike: The men got to strut their stuff in the ‘The Crapshooter’s Dance.’ That was a great number. I especilly liked how in the show all the dnces were different. It wasn’t just one type of dance. There was tap and chorus numbers. I don’t even know the types of dances, but I could tell there were lots of different types of dancing going on. The individuals came out in the show. As well as the group numbers and it all worked together very well. For example, the Havana Dance in the first act was a dance floor in Havana and all six couples were doing different dances which gave that scene a lot of energy and a lot of action to look at.
Laura: The costumes for Guys and Dolls were also great. A lot of work. Because it was such a big cast you had a whole lot of people to costume. The Costume Design/Construction was done by Anita Miller and Magggie Geuting. They did a good job.
Mike: Many of the characters had more than one role so they had multiple costumes. I liked the look. The colorful gamblers and the sexy Hot Box girls. Other than a few extra feathers floating around when they were chickens (which was a little amusing.) I think the costumes were really really great. The show’s director was Sue Pinkman. I think she did a fantastic job getting this all coordinated. The producer of the show was Rick Schneider. He had to do a ton of work to get this show up and running.
I was just so amazed at this Guys and Dolls. It’s one of those shows we’ve seen I don’t know how many time in the past few years before we were even running ShowBizRadio. There were people in the audience who said that they have never seen this show before. It’s fantastic. The people like us who have seen it before and a few others sitting near us all said this is a great production.
Laura: Guys and Dolls is just short of three hours. It is playing at the Reston Community Center in Reston, Virginia through November 17. Fridy and Saturdays at 8 and Sunday matinees at 2:30 on November 4 and 11. There will be a sign interpreted performance on Saturday November 3 at 8 pm. Definitely recommend you go see this show. This was a stand out.
Mike: You’ll have a great time at this show. Definitely recommend you go see it if you’re into classic musicals.
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Mike: And now, on with the show.
- Blind Man & Apple Annie: Earle Greenne & Sharon Pound
- Old Lady: Teresita Muldonado
- Bobby-Soxers: Christy Slosky, Kelly Williams, Katherine Schmauss
- Tour-Guide/ Photographer: Billy Cover
- Sailors: Mark Hildalgo, David Johns
- Boxer & Manager: Mike Hoskinson, Scott Kyriakakis
- Actor & Actress: Tom Epps, Addrienne Showaker
- Dolls: Laura Anne Knockenhauer, Dana Yahr, Akila O’Grady
- News Guy: Brian Farrell
- Nicely-Nicely Johnson: Nick Von Bank
- Benny Southstreet: Roscoe Lindsey
- Rusty Charlie: Chris Borton
- Nathan Detroit: Paul Mattocks
- Harry The Horse: David Segal
- Big Jule: Mike Hoskinson
- Sky Masterson: James Finley
- Angie The Ox: Tom Epps
- Scranton Slim/Joey Biltmore: David Gorsline
- Gambler/Ensemble: Billy Cover
- Gambler/Ensemble: Scott Kyriakakis
- Gambler/Ensemble: Mark Hildalgo
- Gambler/Ensemble: David Johns
- Drunk: Brian Farrell
- The Police
- Lt. Brannigan: David Tremaine
- The Save-A-Soul Mission
- Sarah: Molly Hicks
- Arvide: Jim Bumgardner
- Calvin: Earle Greene
- Agatha: Sharon Pound
- Emily: Teresita Maldonado
- General Matilda B. Cartwright: Hannah Rohlfs
- The Hot Box
- Adelaide: Lisa-Marie Cabrielli
- Hot Box Dolls: Akila O’Grady, Laura Anne Knockenhauer, Katherine Schmauss, Adrienne Showaker, Christy Slosky, (Nov 2-17), Kelly Williams (Oct 26-27), Dana Yahr
- Master of Ceremonies: Mark Hildalgo
- Waiter: Scott Kyriakakis
- Reed 1: Randy Dahlberg
- Reed 2: Annette Fakoury
- Reed 3: Katrina Ambrose, Jane Hughes, Davyd Breeskin
- Reed 5: Allen Howe, Blake Rose
- Trumpet: Dan Haverstock, Dave Shuma
- Horn: Wendy Martin
- Trombone: Andrew Loftus
- Bass: Jack Coulter
- Drums: Arthur Garrison
- Keyboard/Conductor: Brian Victor
- Director: Sue Pinkman
- Producer: Rick Schneider
- Music Director: Brian Victor
- Choreographer: Ivan Davila
- Dance Captain: Christy Slosky
- Stage Manager: Eileen Mullee
- Assistant Stage Manager: Amy Frank
- Set Design: Rick Schneider, Cathy Reider, Sue Pinkman
- Scenic Artist and Set Painting: Cathy Reider
- Scenic Artist Assistants: Maggie Cotter, Sabrina Begley
- Master Carpenter: Skip Larson
- Set Construction: Greg Steele, Bruce Marston (Havana Fountain),Tom Geuting (Hot Box Stage), Sara Birkhead, Mike Schlabach (Havana Fountain), David Holt (Time Square Signs)
- Set Decoration: Bea & Jerry Morse
- Costume Design/Construction: Anita Miller, Maggie Geuting
- Costume Construction Crew: Charlotte Marson, Kay Vakerics, Robbie Lauk, Cathy Dunlap, Elizabeth Haring,
- Wardrobe Mistress: Charlotte Marson
- Lighting Design: Frank Coleman
- Master Electrician: Sara Birkhead
- Lighting Crew: Sara Birkhead, Sherry Singer
- Sound Design: Greg Pennington
- Sound Crew: Jeff Bumgardner
- Properties Design & Acquisition: Mary Jo Ford
- Properties Mistress: Judy Cook
- Properties Running Crew:Bob Bean, Greg Steele, Brian Farrell, Karen Schlumpf, Heather Grover, Susan Eimas, David Holt
- Co-Fight Director: Brian Farrell, Karen Schlumpf
- Company Manager: Dana Schreiner
- Publicity: Kay Vakerics
- Box Office: Judy Cook, Patty Pacak and the RCC Box Office Staff
- House Management: Judy Cook
- Showbill Production: Jerry Morse, Jody Al-Saigh
- Photographer: Joe Douglass
- Opening Night Reception: The American Tap Room
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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.