- Much of the fun comes from watching the six actors (Ben Tallen, Derek Meyer, Edwin Strout, Elizabeth Efteland, James Ramlet, and Katie Kaufman) transform into dozens of characters just by donning a hat or a mustache or an even sillier accent. There are lots of quick exits and entrances, or even changes behind a set piece on stage (the funeral scene is a particular delight), that make it seem like there must be more than just six actors. But nope it's just the six, performing with great energy and physicality.
- The character changes are aided by Mandi Johnson's colorful and vaguely Russian patchwork costumes, featuring a fun mix of stripes, polka dots, and patterns.
- The stage space at the new Crane Theater is large, and scenic designer Brian Hesser has made great use of it, creating a set with depth and height and many doors for characters to rush into and out of.
- There's a bit of singing too, which is fun (because it would be a shame not to hear James Ramlet's booming voice).
- At about 100 minutes with no intermission, the show is just the right amount of fun and hijinks, and is over before the premise wears thin.
Theatre Pro Rata concludes their 2016-2017 season with their annual show in partnership with Park Square Theatre this spring - Up: The Man in the Flying Chair.
|Elizabeth Efteland, Derek Meyer, and James Ramlet|
(photo by Charles Gorrill)