Sweeney Todd Capitol City Opera through March 9, 2014 Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd hits the stage in the Conant Theatre at Oglethorpe this weekend only. You kind of know the story line; it’s about that barber who got sent down…
through March 22, 2014
Playwright Marc Camoletti was raised in Geneva of French and Italian heritage. He wrote a few plays; with this one being his signature work and in 1991 it was included in the Guinness Book of Records as the most often performed French play. He was clearly influenced by Moliere and I have to think that Guinness could be wrong, if only somebody had kept records 400 years ago.
For this is a classic French farce. Every time one door closes, another opens, and anything which could go wrong certainly does. The story line deals with Bernard, a randy American in Paris (Adam Bailey) who is getting it on with three different women, each of whom is under the impression that they are engaged to him
Each of them is a “G” girl. Gloria (Colleen Gaenssley) is an American stewardess working for TWA, Gabriella (Jamie Perniciaro) is an Italiana stew working for Alitalia, and Gretchen (Rebecca Danis) is a German Fraulein working for Lufthansa. Bernard has things worked out on a flimsy time schedule arranged to insure that no two of his lasses would be in Paris at the same time. Sure.
He is visited by an old school chum, Robert (Marcus Weathersby) who gets dragged into the abyss as things start go off-sked. And through it all the domestic servant, Berthe (Tori Montgomery) tries to keep things in order, albeit that seems a somewhat impossible task most days.
The show is directed by Dr. David Klein, and staged on a set designed by Barry West. The costumes by Jane B. Krossig are great, providing some great eye candy, while the two guys provide some fight scenes which take a lot of energy. I can’t get into details of the plot, because that’s for you to see and experience.
I can tell you that the show runs about 2.5 hours, and this is a high energy gig with a zillion laughs in each of the two acts. Ain’t nothing bad about that . . . For more info and tickets visit OnstageAtlanta.com