Glowing Reviews are in for A Little Night Music !
 
HUFFINGTON POST:

 


  • David BrowningWriter, singer, arts administrator

 

I braved frigid temperatures Saturday night to see Theater 2020‘s new production of Mr. Sondheim’s masterpiece A Little Night Music. The story is based largely on the Ingmar Bergman film Smiles

of a Summer Night. It is convoluted and operatic, having to do with

young love, love revived, and love found again. There is a wise old dowager, a naive young

lad, a sassy young servant wench, a Greek chorus-like ensemble—everything you need for

an evening’s entertainment! Cold though it was outside, I was glad I went, and I highly

recommend seeing the show. It runs through March 6.

 

The performances were what sold this show. The cast, many of whom appeared courtesy of

Actor’s Equity Association, was comprised of seasoned veterans and fresh young faces. Among

my favorites were Adam A. Baritot as Count Carl-Magnus and Jessica Rose Futran as his wife,

Countess Charlotte. Mr. Baritot was full of swagger and braggadocio and ego and insecurity.

He is so convinced no woman could prefer another man that he must take desperate measures

to reassure himself of it. Not for him social niceties like invitations or consideration of his wife’s

feelings. Ms. Futran gave Countess Charlotte at the same time an icy dignity and a charming vulnerability. She was a delight to watch, and one was glad things wound up happily for Charlotte.

 

 

 

 

 

                                                    Christopher J. Nolan

 

                                                    Courtesy Theater 2020

 

 

Christopher J. Nolan as Henrik was another favorite. Mr. Nolan is a fine singer and a good actor, and gave us Henrik’s pent-up desire conflicted with earnest piety with great conviction. Chloe Holgate, playing Anne, the young woman Henrik loves, was charming. The two had an almost palpable chemistry when together on stage. Too bad Anne is already married. To Henrik’s father.

 

 

I quite liked Elyse Beyer as Anne’s earthy maid and confidant Petra. Petra knows how to enjoy life and has no hesitation when a new adventure is offered to her—if the man offering the adventure meets her standards. She and Anne have a Countess/Susanna-like relationship, with the more experienced maid offering advice and sympathy to the innocent young bride. Petra’s song “I Shall Marry the Miller’s Son” had a great sense of fun, and I could understand nearly all of Ms. Beyer’s words.

 

 

Although I liked David Fuller as Frederik and Lorinne Lampert as Desiree, two former lovers considering reuniting, I would love to have seen more chemistry, more spark between them. Perhaps the intimate nature of the small and awkward performance space was a handicap, for I had the feeling they would have played better in a larger house.

 

 

The quintet (Mary Stewart Evans, Stephanie Jabre, Jay Aubrey Jones, Richard Lisenby, Mary Thorne)

deserve kudos, as does director Judith Jarosz for her handling of the awkward performance space.

Music Director Kevin A. Smith deserves special praise for leading the cast musically while playing

a score reduction with great skill at the piano.

 

All in all, the few limitations in this show are greatly overshadowed by the eager

and excellent performances of a solid cast. Highly recommended.  

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                                                    Lorinne Lampert 

                                                                                                                                    Theater 2020

 

    Adam A. Baritot

 

     Courtesy Theater 2020

© 2019 THEATER 2020