Reviewing ALLEGIANCE feels like being handed a revolver to take down a well-intentioned, over-exuberant, slightly dim puppy. It’s trying so hard, you almost feel bad for finding it dreary. Written by a team of newbies, the lyrics state the obvious, the music is serviceable (who wants their music serviceable?) and the book is awkward, except for the last 15 minutes which are mostly spoken and absolutely heart-rending. Lea Salonga is, as always, a singing and acting treasure. I especially feel bad for the loveable George Takei. If this were MY life story, I would want it to be told with more adept artistry.
Looks fade, charm diminishes, but acting talent is a gift for life. Two of our most beloved and renowned Actors are giving magnificent performances in THE GIN GAME and the theater is embarrassingly half full. James Earl Jones, whom I will never forget in the original Broadway production of FENCES, and Cicely Tyson, who proved her stage chops in THE TRIP TO THE BOUNTIFUL, whine, snark, scream, chew scenery, berate, feign tears, and in one delicious scene, they mug straight out to the audience and the audience roars with laughter. As a matter of fact, we are in the palms of their hands from curtain up till curtain down. These two treasures will not be around forever and it’s shameful that this show is not sold out. Here’s a discount. Go now – it’s scheduled to close Jan. 10, 2016.
What was the first live play or musical that you enjoyed in the Theater?
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Mine was Herschel Bernardi in the national tour of FIDDLER ON THE ROOF. I was twelve years old and overwhelmed by the emotional depth of the story. Can’t wait to see Danny Burstein in the new revival.