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Hangar Theatre, Ithaca, NY
photos by: Thomas Hoebbel
"Joe Calarco and his splendid ensemble have
created a version so fresh it startles. The familiar story becomes so
compelling that when characters break into song, it's not theatrical
convention so much as natural expressiveness. Calarco's rambunctious staging
perches the cast atop furniture as often as lounging with abandon. Joyous,
lively, and intellectually engaging, this is also a visual feast. Anna
Louizos' set is exquisite; Chris Lee's stunning lighting design sculpts it,
swaying our attention and emotions as the action demands. Amela Baksic's
elegant costumes all handsomely riff on the theme of white with hints of
cream, ecru, grey, and blush pink. In delicious contrast, this near-perfect
world is inhabited by flesh-and-blood people, not stereotypes. Stacie Lewis
is feisty, clever, and vocally thrilling; T. Scott Cunningham is youthfully
modern, endlessly exasperating, and all man. These leads are luminous;
Calarco's vision exhilarating."
— Ithaca Times.
"For those of us who have lived with the Lerner & Loewe classic all our
adult lives, it restores luster to the jewel the show still is."
"If you haven't already purchased tickets for 'My Fair Lady,' you should
stop reading this and call the box office now. Once the word gets out,
tickets will be hard to come by. The overall effect of this production is a
heightened intimacy and involvement with the characters that would otherwise
be lost. . No matter how many productions of 'My Fair Lady' you may have
seen before this fresh look at a musical theater classic will surprise you."
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