Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber
Lyrics by Tim Rice
Directed by Fred Anzevino
Music Direction by Ryan Brewster
Choreography by Brenda Didier
Produced by Theo Ubique in association with Michael James
Bold mounting of big musical at the intimate No Exit Café works delightfully.
Leave it to director Fred Anzevino and the creative staff at Theo Ubique for boldly mounting Evita on their miniscule stage in the No Exit Café. They have perfected their trademark “cabaret theatre” style taking storefront musical theatre up a notch or two. They have successfully mounted a most articulate and musically sound version of Webber & Rice’s pop opera, Evita. I heard and understood every word and I enjoyed Brenda Didier’s smartly stylish
choreography. The clarity and intimacy of Evita together with the fine performance from Chris Damiano (Che Guevara) made for a most entertaining show.
Maggie Portman, as vocal range. Jeremy Trager’s Juan Peron was convincing while Jenny Lamb and Michael Wheelwright did terrific supporting work. I was impressed with the execution of the dancers in the ensemble: Amy Brophy, Nick Minas, Sarah Hayes, Ben Mason and Anthony Apodaca. Each ensemble player had fine movements and nice harmonies. Ryan Brewster (music director/keyboards), Cam McIntyre (Bass) and (Percussion) produced Webber’s score with verve., has the looks and acting chops to be a believable despite her limited upper
Get to No Exit Café to see how a most innovative musical troupe can professionally take a big musical and scale it down to essence and still project the poignant story through excellent singing and dancing. No microphones, just fine natural singing and terrific dancing with outstanding acting—that’s a sure winner, especially in an intimate setting. This is an in-your-face Evita with heart.
At the No Exit Cagewww.theoubique.org. Tickets $30 – $25 seniors – $20 Industry. Thursdays thru Saturdays at 8 pm, Sundays at 7 pm. Running time 2 hours, 20 minutes with intermission. Through June 27, 2009.. Call ,