SUBMIT ABOUT FAQ
PEOPLE COMPANIES VENUES
LOGIN NEW USER PRODUCTIONS
REVIEWERS SIX DEGREES
A User-Driven Site for Theater in Atlanta, Georgia
9 to 5 the Musical

a Musical
CATEGORY : COMEDY MUSICAL
by Patricia Resnick (book) and Dolly Parton (songs)

COMPANY : Georgia Ensemble Theatre [WEBSITE]
VENUE : Georgia Ensemble Theatre and Conservatory [WEBSITE]
ID# 5336

SHOWING : September 13, 2018 - September 30, 2018

[REVIEW THIS PRODUCTION]

PRODUCTION DESCRIPTION

A heartwarming comedy of friendship and revenge, based on the hilarious hit movie. Three working women take over their office and turn around their lives, to the tune of Dolly Parton’s snappy musical score.


CAST & CREW LIST
Director Shelly McCook
Dwayne, Tinsworthy, Cop Josh Brook
Detective, Dick, Security Guard Daniel Burns
Margaret Kayce Grogan-Wallace
Violet Newstead Jill Hames
Franklin Hart, Jr. Brian Kurlander
Roz Keith Paige Mattox
Judy Bernly Wendy Melkonian
Joe J D Myers
Click to Submit Cast & Crew Info for this production
REVIEWS

[REVIEW THIS PRODUCTION]

Quotidian
by playgoer
Friday, September 14, 2018
2.5
"9 to 5" isn’t that good a musical. Georgia Ensemble’s production makes that all too clear. Match a sub-standard book and score with sub-standard production values and you end up with a sub-standard show, despite the casting of some top-rate Atlanta talent.

Stephanie Polhemus’ set design is bland verging on the ugly. A grid upstage appears in front of a screen on which Preston Goodson’s projections occasionally appear, looking very bleached out under Connor McVey’s lighting design. Four trapezoidal flats painted in dull brown move back and forth to suggest various locations, with revolving trapezoidal wagons used to flesh out the locations. Desks and chairs are rolled on for the office scenes, then rolled off when not necessary. Unattractive.

Emmie Tuttle’s costumes are similarly bland, generally resembling generic office wear, with no particular sense of an underlying stylistic concept. Preston Goodson’s sound is loud. Jennifer Smiles’ choreography falls flat, with only ensemble member Josh Brook having the movements of a true dancer (not that JD Myers and Daniel Burns don’t try valiantly). The overall feeling of movement is that of awkwardness.

Shelly McCook seems to have directed her cast to play the show for realism. Wendy Melkonian, Jill Hames, and Alyssa Flowers all have good comic delivery and timing as the trio at the center of the story, but the comedy tends to be understated. Paige Mattox is the only cast member who seems to be slightly larger than life as Roz Keith, the boss’ devoted acolyte, and the way she sells her numbers shows the rest of the cast how it should be done.

Blocking detracts from the performance of Brian Kurlander as the boss, not allowing him to be leering enough in his initial interactions with Doralee (Ms. Flowers). His performance sits in the uneasy ground between actual creepiness and musical comedy broadness. Ms. McCook seems to have made a serious misstep in not emphasizing the musical comedy component of the show, marrying S. Renee Clark’s generally fine musical direction to merely life-sized performances. Where’s the splash and sparkle of American Musical Comedy?
[POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]


[REVIEW THIS PRODUCTION]

CLOSING SOON
Agnes of God
by John Pielmeier
Academy Theatre
Are We All on Board?
by Steven D. Miller
Broadway Bound Productions, Inc.
Be Here Now
by Deborah Zoe Laufer
Aurora Theatre
Evil Dead The Musical
Out of Box Theatre
Henry IV Part 1
by William Shakespeare
The New American Shakespeare Tavern
Lysistrata
by Aristophanes
Impulse Repertory Co.
Lysistrata
by Aristophanes
Impulse Repertory Co.
Nell Gwynn
by Jessica Swale
Synchronicity Performance Group
Nomad Motel
by Carla Ching
Horizon Theatre Company
NOW PLAYING
Agnes of God
by John Pielmeier
Academy Theatre
Are We All on Board?
by Steven D. Miller
Broadway Bound Productions, Inc.
Be Here Now
by Deborah Zoe Laufer
Aurora Theatre
Daddy Long Legs
by John Caird (book) and Paul Gordon (songs)
The Legacy Theatre
Evil Dead The Musical
Out of Box Theatre
Henry IV Part 1
by William Shakespeare
The New American Shakespeare Tavern
Lysistrata
by Aristophanes
Impulse Repertory Co.
Lysistrata
by Aristophanes
Impulse Repertory Co.
Midnight at the Masquerade
by The Murder Mystery Company
The Murder Mystery Company in Atlanta
Murder on the Agathas Express
by Ryan Girard
Agathas: A Taste of Mystery
Nell Gwynn
by Jessica Swale
Synchronicity Performance Group
Nomad Motel
by Carla Ching
Horizon Theatre Company

©2012 TheaterReview.com. All rights reserved.