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|My Mother's Lesbian Jewish Wiccan Wedding|
Photo: Eric Woolsey
My take: As I wrote in my review for KDHX, David Hein and Irene Sankoff's unapologetically autobiographical musical is a pleasant and pleasing little show. It's so light that a stiff breeze would blow it away, but its heart is in the right place, which counts for a great deal. Ed Coffield has assembled a great cast and directed them well. Sets and costumes are bright and colorful and the on-stage band is solid. When I saw it last weekend it was sold out, so you might want to order tickets sooner rather than later.
|L-R: Brian Duprey as Frank Sinatra, |
Drew Anthony as Dean Martin,
Kenny Jones as Sammy Davis, Jr.,
Mickey Joseph as Joey Bishop
My take: Celebrity impersonation doesn't get a lot of respect, but in some ways it's more difficult than traditional acting. Duplicating a performer's on-stage persona in a way that will allow audience members to suspend disbelief and react as they would to the original is quite a challenge, especially when the performer in question is well-represented on audio and film/video. The "Rat Pack" shows are the Lexus of celebrity impersonation, re-creating a typical mid-1960s Las Vegas appearance by the ruling triumvirate of the Rat Pack: Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis, Jr. Great theatre it ain't, but if The Rat Pack is Back is anything like the last two shows in the series that have played the Fox, it should be great fun.