Once again, the Seacoast Repertory Theatre showed New England how Rocky should be done. All ten performances were before standing room only crowds. People began lining up over an hour and a half before the show was scheduled to start.
The set of the show is always dependent on the evening performance at this theatre. This season, Frank's castle resembled the NY High School for the Performing Arts of Fame. Many of the actors were playing the students and teachers just hours before
Greg DeCandia as Riff Raff is the best Riff Raff I have seen. He is truly a contortionist and an acrobat. To look at the hunched over man leaping from the walls, you would never guess him to be in excess of six feet tall. He completely stole the show from Frank.
Craig Faulkner was excellent as Frank. He was definitely master of his castle. He was always a few steps ahead of the audience and would even heckle back if he could stay in character.
The best way to appreciate Andrew MacDonald as Brad Majors is to compare Brad to Andrew's concurrent role as Caiaphas in Jesus Christ Superstar. Brad was a complete geek and a clutz. Caiaphas was completely in control of himself and his associates. With Caiaphas dressed in a designer suit and a fedora and Brad dressed as, well, Brad, even theatre staff did not immediately realize they were the same person. Andrew also showed considerable vocal range going from a baritone for his opening line in JCS (Ah gentlemen, you know why we are here) to Brad's high-pitched cry for assistance in the floor show (Help me, Mommy!)Also putting in commendable performances are Sara Tode as Magenta and Trixie, Briana Nadeau as Janet, Claudia Koziner as Columbia, Kieran Smiley as Rocky, DeMond Nason as Eddie, Bill Hartery as Dr. Scott, Merrill Peiffer as the Narrator, and Carlos Guerrero as the Emcee and a phantom. (My apologies to the actors if their names are incorrect. No program was printed for RHS and I had to cross-reference names from the JCS and Fame programs.)
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