musicals and operas · jennifer blake · Ages 12+ · United States of America

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Review by MATT DAHAN

June 20, 2016 certified reviewer

What I liked

Seeing McCready in this venue gave the audience an engrossing look into the many phrases of the titular character. Led by Jen Blake – who delivers a hurricane of a performance – the virtuosic cast steadily moves between sharp dialogue and touchingly simple musical arrangements.

What I didn't like

With a company of five – many of whom doubled/tripled parts and acted as stage crew – transitioning between so many formative events in only 65 minutes sometimes felt jarring. A longer format – while giving the cast more time to breathe – could serve the material in a way that makes Mindy’s demise feel more like a spiral and less of a straight rocket into the depths.

My overall impression

Wonderful cast carries a story laced with earnest emotion from the country airwaves into a story that will linger long after the lights go down.

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