‘Stunt Girl’ is great fun — that’s the headline!
March 23, 2009
By Kathleen R. Merrill
If you think you’ve seen the best musical Village Theatre has to offer, you better think again.“Stunt Girl,” which opened last week, will likely rival any of the “favorites” you’ve seen there. It’s that great.
Here are some reasons why:
There are wonderful period costumes, especially the dresses. They and the accessories are truly exquisite. Kudos to costume designer Melanie Burgess.
There are so many clever and snappy lines, you may have a hard time remembering any of them by the time it’s over.
There are sweet and tender scenes, like the number, “Now You.”
You’ll likely laugh yourself sick during the number, “I’m in Hell.” In fact, you’ll laugh like a hyena throughout the fun tale.
The stunts are crazy and you keep wondering to what level will this gal stoop to in order to get a story.
You’ll cheer Sarah Chalfy (Nellie Bly) at the end of the number, “Tell Me What You Need.” (A couple of people even stood up at the end of that number opening night.) Chalfy is hilarious and delightful throughout the play.
Phoebe, played by Jessica Skerritt, is deliciously evil and manipulative in her scheming.
There’s great choreography in the group numbers.
The last scene with Joseph Pulitzer, played with wit and verve by John Patrick Lowrie, is very touching.
You may shed a few tears over the unbelievable sorrow in the number, “Black and White.”
You’ll wonder what you can see Dane Stokinger, who plays Arthur Brisbane, in next.
The writing, by Peter Kellogg, and the music, by David Friedman, is top notch.
But one of the best things about ‘Stunt Girl’ is the incredibly inventive set design. The small stage believably becomes many places over the course of the evening, including several different offices, a prison, an insane asylum, a park, a restaurant, a train, an elegant parlor in a wealthy couple’s home, a factory and a funeral home.
There are 22 locations and 44 scenes, according to scenic designer Scott Fyfe, who does some amazing work in presenting all of those places. Some of them change right before your eyes and still you won’t see how it happens.
At a time when Issaquah-area people are feeling sad and nervous over the decline of newspapers in this country, it’s uplifting to see something positive and fun about the business. “Stunt Girl” is guaranteed to make you think, wonder, question, marvel and, best of all, laugh.
If you go
Through April 26
Francis J. Gaudette Theatre
303 Front St. N.
Tickets: $22 – $58
Call 392-2202 or go to www.villagetheatre.org.