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The Man Who Came to Dinner
a Comedy
CATEGORY : COMEDY
by Kaufman & Hart

COMPANY : Class Act Theatre [WEBSITE]
VENUE : Class Act Theatre [WEBSITE]
ID# 1350

SHOWING : July 29, 2005 - August 28, 2005

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The Man Who Came to Dinner
by Brode Tuwall
Thursday, August 11, 2005
4.0
The Man Who Came to Dinner

Comedy is not easy to carry off. People who do comedy usually have a long history of clowning off in school or developing the matter of timing, finesse and delivery through a series of personal mishaps. Therefore, I am usually suspicious of amateur romantic comedies.

The Man Who Came to Dinner is a romantic comedy. Masterfully written in 1938 it has lines which refer to notables of a bygone era. Therefore, some of the comedy in this play will be missed by those who are not historically conscious of vaudeville, old time theater and screen. However, that is the problem of the play. It is not necessarily the problem of the actors.

Some of the humor in this play was missed because of the era of the piece. Some of it is missed because the actors delivered their lines too quickly, failed in their timing or mumbled lines that had a punch. This does not diminish the fact that the actors, by and large, met the criteria of a comedic drama.

Having seen Jim Dailey in several plays I think his role as Sheridan Whiteside, the man who came to dinner, is his best. I saw the second presentation. By the time the play has had several showing I am sure Dailey will hone his lines to excellence. Certainly, Jim is well cast and creates empathy for the character as he moves from an arrogant curmudgeon to a tender hearted repentant jerk.

Gene Heslin as Professor Metz would plays the nutty professor well to garner laughs with far less mugging than Jerry Lewis did in his wacky role of a similar stereotypical character. Chris Goldston, playing the romantic lead, is smoothly a good pick as a romantic lead while he imitates a drunk admirably well and suave straight man. His romantic opposite, Anna Lichtenwaler, Maggie Cutler, fires some spunky lines really well at her boss, Sheridan Whiteside, and then ably moves to become a love enamored single woman who have found her man with convincing alacrity.

I regret that I cannot identify the character by name who played the part of the Hollywood vamp. However, credit goes to her for her sashshaying back and forth across the stage in her red dress giving necessary burlesque to the drama. She did it well and we will not forget how we may look when we try to be bigger than we are. And, what can we say about the wacky comedienne who graced the stage with flowing and flowered robes? We can say, well done. You remind us all of the people in our lives who are preoccupied with their own illusions and who talk to themselves. Thanks for giving us some comic relief.

A word of appreciation must go to the rest of the cast who did superb support work. They are making the Catco Productions something we will not want to miss at the Cumming Theater. They are quality. They are our own. They deserve our support and appreciation for reminding us a good hobby is one that makes others happy.

Derrel Emmerson
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Class Act? by Shadrach
Are you sure you got the right theatre? None of these actors are in the Class Act production of the play.
Clint
by SCrowder04
THey say at the end that it is Cumming Theater. An easy mistake to be made since I think this show has been done at 3 different theatres in the past year. I saw 2 of them. Trust me, not a show I like to sit through twice. Just don't tell my friends that one. ---SC


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