Violet (review)

Violet (review)
Violet (review)
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THE PLAY: A young woman with an unsightly facial scar travels thru several states to find a faith healer who she hopes can restore her confidence.

 

THE PRODUCTION: From the lovely opening duet to the stirring finale, this production is blessed with a cast full of beautiful voices and solid performances. It features intricate harmonies and catchy tunes (some of which go on a bit too long). Thanks to Kim Fox’s tight on-stage band and Stephen Rudlin’s vocal supervision, every song sounds wonderful (the gospel number led by Karla Brown is the show’s musical high point). The performances are upbeat and genuine, although some of the interactions could have used a stronger emotional connection. Director Chase Kniffen created compelling action and, as choreographer, he kept it simple. Rich Mason’s country porch façade makes a fitting frame for the neutral acting area. Gregg Hillmar’s lighting adds visual punch, but sometimes calls attention to its constantly changing colors (those LEDs glaring out from the porch are a distraction). Sarah Grady has provided an attractive variety of costumes. Running time: 1:45 (no intermission)

 

THE POINT: With a cast that creates appealing characters and embraces the show’s vocal charms, this is a moving musical journey worth taking.

 

4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)

 

A Cadence Theatre Company production  in partnership with Virginia Rep at the Theatre Gym thru 3/11

 

LISTEN TO MY REVIEW (as aired on WRIR)

 

Karla Brown belts it out! (Jason Collins Photography)

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