If I were in Fla. or a nearby state, I'd absolutely want to get some tickets. However, the airfare would bankrupt me and my rent just increased. *sob*
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quote:Rating: Four stars our of four -- Can't miss this.
quote:As soon as the lights went down inside the Celebration High School auditorium and the orchestra began the overture for "Man Of La Mancha," I knew I was going to immensely enjoy this production. A medley of the show's memorable songs -- "Man of La Mancha -- I, Don Quixote," "Dulcinea" and "The Impossible Dream" among them, the melodies instantly carry you away. This is a wonderfully timeless score in a play that's also aged well.
My instincts were right on target. The Celebration Players' staging of this show -- alternately romantic, comical, and even suspenseful at times -- could hardly be improved upon.
quote:Anyone with doubts about the quality of community theater these days will be surprised at what a joy this play is to watch.
quote:The Celebration Players create a single set, the grimy dungeon where Cervantes and his servant must fend off the cutthroats surrounding them; the inn where Don Quixote romances the lovely Dulcinea is an imaginary one, with the fellow inmates becoming the locals who patronize it. It's a clever device, particularly since our hero is really a lumpy middle-age man who looks like anything but a heroic knight.
In fact, reality keeps slipping into poor Don Quixote's romantic vision of chivalry and nobility. His pragmatic servant Sancho never hesitates to rain on Don Quixote's parade by pointing out the obvious -- say, that the dragon he aims to slay is really just a windmill. And when Quixote proclaims Dulcinea to be "a sweet lady and a fair virgin," the rough drinkers at the inn who know her best roar with obscene laughter.
But it's the music that makes this play so enjoyable. Songs like "I'm Only Thinking Of Him," "Aldonza" and "The Barber's Song" are irresistibly good, and Mathews and his orchestra play them to perfection. It's a stirring score in a larger-than-life tale -- a great combination.
quote:First rate in every respect, "Man Of La Mancha" is a terrific production, and frankly, it would be criminal for any local theater lover to miss it.