Elden Street Players tick, tick…Boom!By Laura & Mike Clark • Aug 4th, 2008 • Category: Reviews
Listen to our review of Elden Street Players’ production of tick, tick…Boom [MP3 4:48 2.2MB].
Elden Street Players
Industrial Strength Theatre, Herndon, VA
$22/$19 Students and Seniors
Through August 23rd
Mike: Tick, Tick, Boom is a musical, with music and lyrics by Jonathan Larson. It’s a pop rock musical about facing crossroads in life and holding onto dreams, telling the story of Jonathan, a promising young composer on the eve of his 30th birthday. His girlfriend wants to get married and move out of the city. His best friend is making big bucks on Madison Avenue. Jonathan is still waiting tables and trying to write the great American musical before time and life passes him by.
Laura: This was a good production. There were some comedy bits as well as some pretty serious scenes. A lot of good voices. I liked how the actors all worked together well.
Mike: This was an incredible set, a great use of space at Elden Street. The actual show itself kind of left me cold. I do not think it was all that daring or quite as exciting as I thought it could have been. I will admit to being a little disappointed by this production.
Laura: The role of Jon was played by John Loughney. He was the character who was at the crossroads of his life. He was wanting to write, not necessarily the great American musical. He was actually looking to write something that was going to make a statement and shake things up. He started out a bit reserved, but later he did warm up. He had a really good song that I enjoyed, towards the end of the show, called “Why” which when he found out some bad news about his roommate, Michael, was a really moving and powerfully well sung song.
Mike: His roommate Michael was played by Josh Doyle, and Jon’s girlfriend Susan was played by Kristen Garaffo. I think they did a fine job in their roles. Doyle and Garaffo had several costume changes as they also played other characters throughout the show. Those costume changes were very creatively done and well executed. The set was also incredible. It was a great use of space.
This was the first show I remember at Elden Street that had multiple levels. As a suggestion, when you go see this show, do not sit in the very top row. The lights that are hanging from the grid in the ceiling will block your view of some of the scenes that happen on the upper level. If you sit anywhere else you should be fine. Even sitting on the far left and right of the audience area you should be fine because there is a lot of open space for the set design. The set was designed by Kevin King.
Laura: I also liked the lighting effects for this show. I think they set a good mood and tone for the performance. The lighting designer was Al Fetske.
Mike: So what did I not like about this production? I think that all of the different pieces were there, but it felt like the overall pacing of the show was lacking energy. I think the relationship between the three performers was really well defined and they came across as really friendly. Maybe some of the spark was missing between Jon and Susan. However that fit into the show and worked really well.
For example, one song that really called for a trick to be played on the audience was a song called “Sugar” that the whole company sang. Jon talked about his addiction to sugar and that it is frowned upon in the circles that he travels in with some of the other actors. It did not have that spark. It was obvious that he was talking about some kind of sweet that Josh Doyle as the shop keeper was putting the Twinkies up on the counter in the store. It just did not quite hit that feeling of excitement that I was expecting from that song.
Laura: That’s interesting because I found it to be a funny comedy bit that was lighthearted to kind of break up the overall serious mood of the play. I enjoyed that song.
Mike: I think Laura and I are agreeing to disagree on this production. While it was a good show, it did not do a lot for me. It had a different interpretation than what I was expecting.
Laura: Tick, Tick, Boom! was an hour and forty minutes with no intermission. It is playing through Saturday, August 23rd. Friday and Saturdays at 8. Sunday the 10th at 3, Thursday the 14th at 8, Sunday the 17th at 7, and Thursday the 21st at 8 at the Industrial Strength Theatre in Herndon, Virginia.
Mike: I would definitely like to get your thoughts on this show if you go see it. Simply leave a comment here at ShowBiz Radio.net. Also like to invite you to join our free mailing list so you can stay informed with what is happening with theatre in the DC region.
Laura: And now, on with the show.
Photos by Richard Downer
- Jon: John Loughney
- Michael: Josh Doyle
- Susan: Kristen Gaaraffo
- Guitar: Rick Peralta (alternate Alex Blitzniak)
- Bass: Adam Neely
- Drums: Arthur Garrison
- Keyboard: John-Michael E. d’Haviland (alternate Elisa Rosman)
- Producer: Richard Klare
- Director: Todd C. Huse
- Music Director: John-Michael E. d’Haviland
- Choreographer: Lorraine Magee
- Stage Manager: Jessica Armstrong Carrington
- Special Assistant to Stage Manager: Nicole O’Grady
- Assistant Stage Manager: Susanna Todd
- Technical Director: John Shea
- Set Design: Kevin King
- Master Carpenters: Mike Schlabach, John Shea
- Set Construction: Bill Behan, Theresa Bender, Mike Smith, Marty Sullivan, Jill Tunick
- Set Painting: Lorraine Magee
- Set Dressing/Properties: Mike Smith
- Costume Design: Judy Whelihan
- Lighting Design: Al Fetske
- Master Electrician: Tony Aiello
- Lighting Crew: Melody Fetske, Reissa Burgess, Theresa Bender, Jill Tunick, Phil Archey, Betsy Eames, Mike Headley
- Board Operator: Phillip Archey
- Follow Spot Operator: Kevin Carrington
- Sound Design: Stan Harris
- Board Operator: Stan Harris, Tony Aiello
- Hair & Makeup Design: Kat Brais
- House Management: Dave Sinclair
- Box Office Management: Melody Fetske
- Publicity: Rich Klare, Ginger Kohles
- Cover Design/Playbill: Ginger Kohles
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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.