Erin brought infectious enthusiasm to Madame Arcati, energizing every scene she was in. Steely Ruth and flighty Elvira soon had us sympathizing with poor Charles’ efforts to placate and coordinate his plotting harem. We welcome Lynn Culp, making her Riverwalk debut after a very long absence from the stage; kudos to her for pulling off such a demanding role as Ruth. Greg, as well, is to be applauded for tackling the line-packed role of Charles, wavering from aplomb to exasperation. Though we have seen him in smaller roles, this one ups his game.
Director Sue Chmurynsky has assembled this classic, with major artistic help from Assistant Director/Stage Manager/Hair & Makeup/Scenographer (lovely carpet painting) Eric Chatfield, who also helped design the elegant set. I’m told that the lighting technician was ill on opening night and the all-purpose Tom Ferris stepped in to operate Ted Daniel’s otherworldly lighting plot.
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