Songs like the opening number and “Nice Guys” really hit the mark for me. Spencer Frankeberger has a really wonderful voice, particularly in his early ballad number, and he gives a really committed and wholesome performance that makes it easy for an audience to both connect with and root for him.
Olga Desyatnik has a wonderful voice and a lot of natural stage presence. The ensemble did a great job tackling multiple roles with a lot of characterization and energy, and I have to give a special shout out to both Francesca Reggio and Jack de Sansz for their terrific performances.
What I didn't like
I think that Jamba suffers from the same limitations that almost every Fringe show does, but despite this, they do a great job. It’s always difficult when it comes to sets, props, and costumes as everything has to be relatively bare bones. Without the Fringe fence around them, I’d have obviously loved to see this set inside of an actual Jamba Juice or be given an opportunity/budget for a more elaborate set and costume design.
What I would like to see most improved is the motivation and arc behind Olga Desyatnik’s character. Right now, it feels as if she exists almost solely to move the main character’s story along as a sort of manic pixie dream girl. The actress has a really charming stage presence, and I wanted to see more of her terrific performance. I feel that if the book were to be expanded, the writers could delve more into who she is and what drives her. There are times it feels as though the action is happening to the main character instead of as a result of what the character is doing to drive the story forward.
There were a few dropped cues/lines that I think will continue to grow snappier over time. And despite this, I am nit picking. The show is worth your time and should be on your list. Every show needs improvements, but that doesn’t make them any less enjoyable.
My overall impression
Jamba Juice is a small musical with a lot of heart and a really fun way to spend an evening. Mia Cotton, Spencer Frankeberger, and the rest of the crew have put together something as sweet as a trip to an actual Jamba Juice. It’s full of fun songs, zany performances, and a whole lot of talent.