Choir Boy (review)

Choir Boy (review)
Choir Boy (review)
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THE PLAY: Pharus is an effeminate, out student at an all-black boys school, but he’s also a gifted singer and headstrong leader of the choral group.

 

THE PRODUCTION: This isn’t a musical, but the group’s glorious a capella voices (under the direction of Anthony Ford) are the show’s strongest element. Jamar Jones is assured in the leading role and the audience often laughed at his over-the-top dish. I found his portrayal too easy and obvious. The rest of the cast is enthusiastic. Despite the distraction of a baby in the audience on opening nite, they managed to maintain their concentration. Director Margarette Joyner has kept the action flowing, even if the jokes are played at their most broad and the dramatic moments rushed. The script has flaws and sometimes veers from its story, like the extended discourse on spirituals that slows the show’s momentum. Vinnie Gonzalez has smartly crafted a set that suggests a traditional Tudor school with a revolving wall element. Running time: 1:40 (no intermission)

 

THE POINT: This energetic production features beautiful vocal harmonies and an enthusiastic cast, but the comic style and dramatic potential produce uneven results.

 

3 out of 5 stars (3 / 5)

 

A production of Richmond Triangle Players in collaboration with The Heritage Ensemble Theatre Company at RTP thru 3/18

 

LISTEN TO MY REVIEW (as aired on WRIR)

 

 

The choral ensemble (Photos by John MacLellan)

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