Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Theater review: Grease

Posted By on Wed, Dec 2, 2009 at 1:51 PM


Ovens Auditorium

Dec. 1, 2009

The Deal: Grease opened last night at Ovens Auditorium.

The Good: Highlights of the show included hits like “Summer Nights,” “Look at Me, I’m Sandra Dee,” “Hopelessly Devoted to You,” “Beauty School Dropout,” “You’re the One That I Want,” and “We Go Together.” Lauren Ashley Zakrin - cast as Sandy Dumbrowski - acted as the perfect goodie two-shoes. The appearance by American Idol winner Taylor Hicks - who starred at Teen Angel - during “Beauty School Dropout,” was quite a hoot, as Kate Morgan Chadwick - cast as Frenchy - let out “I voted for you!” during the song. Applaud levels were also raised higher with the shimmering Hicks’ placement on the stage. All in all, the show was funny and energetic.

The Bad: The music was loud during the show and a bit of a distraction. Though the show was enjoyable, it also failed to capture some of the intense emotions that seem to run deeper in the film version. This performance was less realistic, and more goofy.

The Verdict: Though Grease didn’t quite live up to all the hype for me, it wasn’t a slump either. The cast was filled with enthusiasm and it showed, as both the T-Birds and Pink Ladies rocked their booties and strut their drama, up until the end with “We Go Together.” Performances of Grease continue until Dec. 6. For more information, click here.

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