18
Aug

War Paint

War Paint
Lyric Theatre
through September 1, 2019

This musical about two leading ladies of the cosmetics industry is based upon a true story which was the subject of a 2007 film, The Powder and the Glory. It is about the rivalry between Helena Rubinstein (Mary Nye Bennett) and Elizabeth Arden (Pamela Gold)

Elizabeth Arden moved to NYC from Canada in the 1930’s, about the time when Polish immigrant, Helena Rubinstein emigrated; and both were intent upon making their names and their fortunes with their own branded products. It was a bitter rivalry and things got worse when their business-personal mates, Tommy (Lowrey Brown) and Harry (Brian Kurlander) each defected to the other side, and things started to get more difficult.

It was in the 1930’s when women were secretaries, not executives; when TV wasn’t yet a factor, and a woman’s persona was defined by her appearance. Especially when dining at the St. Regis with the hoi polloi.

In addition to a cast of 15 actors, there is a full band in the pit working through the two dozen numbers. The first act doesn’t really define the story, as there is so much more in Act II. For WWII is about to change the world of those days. And as Rosie became a riveter, both of the ladies stepped up to plate to help the women who were helping to serve.

There are underlying problems such as anti-Semitism, failure to comply with FDA regulations to make it known what compounds were in their products, how to hang on to product recognition while trademarks may not be the factor, but rather the colors and the names.

And while we often hear that especially in families there may be more that binds us together than divides us; you know that isn’t always the outcome. But, in the 1960’s when both of the ladies were to be honored for their achievements, they managed to discover their common interest and goal.

This is not one for the kiddies, as the story would be lost for them; and the running time is almost 2.5 hours. It is not Annie, or Cats, or the type of show where you will leave the theatre humming the tunes and wanting to sing the words, as it is a more modern approach. But, it gets the job done and with good costumes, choreography, music, voices and sets. More info at AtlanticLyric.com

17
Aug

Sundays on the River

Shemekia Copeland
Chattahoochee Nature Center
Sundays on the River

The Sundays of the River concerts at Chattahoochee Nature Center are a really good summer evening event. They host one a month in good weather, and the final event will be September 8th, when famous blues singer Shemekia Copeland takes to the pavilion stage.

Shemekia is the famous blues singer whose latest album, America’s Child won this years award as Best Blues Music Album. She’s been on tour with her crew for quite a while and is a woman who knows no boundaries. She will be in Texas just prior to hitting Roswell, and then she hits the road again all over the country.

If you didn’t get to see Sam Lewis and his band this month, then this is final gig for this summer. There are seats under the pavilion or you can bring folding chairs and blankets and loll about on the adjacent green. And, it is a perfect place for the picnic. Bring whatever you wish for fine dining, and if you run short of libations they also have a concession stand.

Help is available for those with mobility problems, and they do a good job of discouraging annoying insects in the performance area. But, you might wish to have some Off or an After Bite stick with you if you are pretty sensitive.

The facility is right on Willeo Road, and more info is at ChattNatureCenter.org

17
Aug

Disenchanted!

Disenchanted!
Marietta Theatre Company
through August 31, 2019

If you can recall all those cute princesses who had problems while they awaited discovery and rescue from some Prince of a man; then maybe you’ll enjoy the real deal as these princesses recall those days of yore.

Zac Phelps directed this cast of ten female players who work through 14 parody type numbers in a cabaret style setting. Cinderella (Leah Boresow), Snow White (Leah Keelan) and Sleeping Beauty (Bekah Medford) are the lead trio; albeit each of the actors has her minutes of stage fame as they relate their experiences, feelings, regrets and wishes.

Angela C. Rodriguez is Pocahontas and Kelsey South is Rapunzel, and their numbers, like the others, are an audience hit. The costumes are really good, and some of these princesses can actually tap dance in Act II. Rachel Shiffman, Jada Grier, Sarah Grace Valleroy, Tecia Chavez and Keeley Adkisson round out the cast, and Cristina Dinella is on the keyboard to stage right.

So forget about that girl with the long hair in a castle, the one swimming in the bay, or one who worked wonders by smooching a frog. The stories that were told to you when you were young may not be as the frustrated ladies relate their tales.

The theatre performs on the Lyric Studio on the Square, just off the Square on Powder Springs Street. Park on the streets adjacent if you can. All seats have good views and it is a small house, so you feel truly drawn in to the action. More info at MariettaTheatre.com

11
Aug

Disaster!

Disaster!
Act3 Playhouse
through August 24, 2019

This one is not a Mary Poppins musical; but is a musical comedy about a guy who builds a floating casino and disco club to be moored at a pier in Manhattan. It’s the late 1970’s when the guys were wearing bell bottoms and music rocked. Jason Meinhardt comes on as Tony Delvecchio, the street-wise honcho. He has two problem visitors.  Marianne (Kate Johnson) who is a reporter looking into various probable problems onboard the casino; and a professor who styles himself as a disaster expert, played by Stephen DeVillers.

It’s the opening night for the floating casino and the characters gather to gamble and dance, unaware of impending natural disasters, and the building’s lack of safety measures compounds these catastrophes. The professor, Ted, alleges the casino’s structure was built on a fault line, which causes earthquakes and more natural disasters.

For a small company this is very large and energetic show with a cast of 16 plus a live band of 5. Characters are dancing, screaming, running, singing and trying to figure out what lies ahead for them as they encounter problems from the fault line on which they are partying. A young waiter, Chad (Kyle Larkins) exudes energy like a tornado as he runs through songs, steps and relationships. He was once engaged to Marianne.

A couple of oddballs draw you in as Sister Mary (Alexandria McMath) a nun who has to figure out if she should save some quarters for orphans, or try the slots for a bigger bag of alms for them; and a singer, Levora Verona (Christy Robinson), who shows up hoping she can hit the stage on the ship and launch a career recovery.

You probably know Shirley & Maury (Tiffany Jarman