Times Square Angel (review)

Times Square Angel (review)
Times Square Angel (review)
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THE PLAY: This is a semi-camp take on Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, transported to the drag-infused world of Charles Busch.

 

THE PRODUCTION: The central role of Irish O’Flanagan is played by Wette Midler (better known to theatre folk as Luke Newsome). The character’s overbearing personality should be the show’s strength, but Newsome fails to inhabit a captivating theatrical style that would have elevated his performance (and dominated the show). Some of the fault may lie with director Melissa Rayford, who could have imbued the production with a more arch, stylized approach. The highly-capable supporting cast provides most of the show’s comic character highlights (Desiree Dabney proving most hilarious). Curiously, the dialogue is peppered with accents that seem to come and go randomly. The basic but nice-looking set by Mercedes Schaum serves the production well. Alex Valentin’s costumes are attractively designed, but some of the detailing is a bit shoddy (and 2 bra straps showing in O’Flanagan’s opening number dress is unforgivable). The lighting design by Austin Harber is fine, while the projections from Lucian Restivo add another scenic element. After the curtain call, the cast puts on a mini-Christmas show.  Running time: 2:10

 

THE POINT: There’s a clear line between camp and “straight” comedy. This production proves too lackluster to work either way.

 

2 out of 5 stars (2 / 5)

 

At Richmond Triangle Players thru 12/21

 

LISTEN TO MY REVIEW (as aired on WRIR)

(Photos by John MacLella

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