Lady killers — How two men handle the women in their lives delivers the laughs in ‘No Way to Treat a Lady’

March 25, 2015

Audiences will be excited that Village Theatre veteran director Steve Tomkins was able to cross off another production from his bucket list — this time, one of the first productions in the Village Originals program in 1999, “No Way to Treat a Lady.”

Adapted from a William Goldman novel, Douglas J. Cohen penned a tale of Christopher “Kit” Gill and Morris Brummel, who are both having mommy issues. How they approach their problems is at the core of the musical.

By Tracy Martin/Property of Village Theatre Christopher ‘Kit’ Gill (Nick DeSantis) tries to seduce the frustratingly flamboyant Carmella (Bobbi Kotula) in an attempt to make her one of his strangled victims in Village Theatre’s newest musical ‘No Way to Treat a Lady.’

By Tracy Martin/Property of Village Theatre
Christopher ‘Kit’ Gill (Nick DeSantis) tries to seduce the frustratingly flamboyant Carmella (Bobbi Kotula) in an attempt to make her one of his strangled victims in Village Theatre’s newest musical ‘No Way to Treat a Lady.’

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Village Theatre digs deep into its bag of tricks for its latest musical

May 20, 2014

The cast enacts the showstopper from a musical number in the Village Theatre production of ‘Funny Girl’ showing at the Fraancis J. Gaudette Theatre in Issaquah.

The cast enacts the showstopper from a musical number in the Village Theatre production of ‘Funny Girl’ showing at the Fraancis J. Gaudette Theatre in Issaquah. By Tracy Martin/Village Theatre

 

No cloud rains on Village Theatre’s latest parade.

In its last production of the 2014-2015 season, the regional theater brings “Funny Girl” to the stage in all its roaring glory. Recounting the life of vaudeville and Broadway star Fanny Brice, the 1964 musical (music by Jule Styne, lyrics by Bob Merrill and book by Isobel Lennart) takes the audience on a whirlwind, rags-to-riches journey of Brice’s life.

The classic story, with Brice famously portrayed by Barbra Streisand on stage and screen, is well-known and I should note immediately that I find it lackluster. Struggling, gutsy girl meets boy. Gutsy girl struggles less, and then weds boy. Boy turns rotten. Girl stays gutsy.

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‘Funny Girl’ returns to Village Theatre 20 years later

May 13, 2014

The May 15 return of “Funny Girl” to Village Theatre brings milestones behind the scenes.

Issaquah’s regional professional theater has kept much of the same talent since 1993, the last time it put on the musical featuring the life and career of a Broadway star set in the early 20th century.

But those people at the helm of the lavishly involved show bring decades more experience to this year’s production. Both the costume designer and the master scenic artist worked on the show 20 years ago, and for everything that has stayed the same, they have seen many things change.

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