|Jubilee theater's production of COMPANY, listed as best of 2012 by the Examiner Magazine!
Company (Jubilee Theatre) When it premiered in 1970, Stephen Sondheim (Music and Lyrics) and George Furth’s (Book) Company was considered groundbreaking, and with good reason. The structure, the ideas, the tone, brought a new kind subtlety and sophistication to the genre of musical theatre. There’s an urgent, nuanced frankness to Company, that doesn’t feel cynical, in the same as say, Kander and Ebb’s Chicago, or Brecht and Weil’s Threepenny Opera. Though at times there seems to be a sly irony behind musical numbers like “Side by Side by Side” and “Barcelona.” The entire show seemed suffused with a wry, wistful, searching subtext that produced a lovely tingle when something fierce and authentic began to peek through. You gradually became aware that the songs and scenes were operating on more than one level. When lead character Bobby sang “Marry Me a Little,” a plea for marriage without intrusion and mess, you wondered if what he was asking was even possible. Jubilee Theatre’s production of Company (directed by Harry Parker) had a large, vibrant, supple cast, quite adept at the coy, impetuous shifts in the material. They handled Jennifer Engler’s urbane choreography with grace and panache, as well as the mercurial dialogue and song. It’s rare to experience such depth, resonance, spontaneity, vibrance and unabashed pleasure in a musical comedy. To hear passages from a performance long after you’ve left the theater.
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