Friday, January 31, 2014
The Full Monty at The Candlelight TheatreWhenever I go to the The Candlelight Theatre, I always know what to expect. I wasn't exactly sure what to expect from The Full Monty. I knew basically what the show was about, men who were let go from their union and decide to put together a strip show of "real men" for one night only. Oh, and that the men decide to go "the full monty," hence the name of the show.
The Full Monty is an extremely funny show, and I have a lot of respect for the actors in this production. It takes a lot of courage to get up onstage period, let alone get on stage basically without clothes. The real star of this show is Dave Bukatinsky (David T. Snyder), the overweight and depressed best friend of the mastermind behind everything, Jerry (C.J. Celeiro). Dave is easily the strongest singer in the production, but more than that—for a while, you forget that you're watching a play when Dave is onstage.
All of the men in this show are very much characters. It doesn't cross the line into caricature, but they certainly dance on the line. In a show like The Full Monty, it works. Malcolm MacGregor (Peter Briccotto) is basically Howard Wolowitz from The Big Bang Theory, except you really care about Malcolm. His number "You Walk With Me" with Ethan (Billy D. Hart) is the most touching moment in the show. Coincidentally, Malcolm also has one of the funniest numbers in the show—"Big Ass Rock."
I would be remiss if I didn't mention the women in The Full Monty. Jerry's ex-wife Pam (Laura Boyer) can very easily come off as cold, but in this production, I found myself taking Pam's side more often than I took Jerry's. Of the women in the show, it's Catherine Logan's Georgie Bukatinsky that really stands out. Georgie loves Dave so much, and you can see that she just wants to fix everything for him, but feels so helpless when she can't. Georgie and Vicki (Lindsay Mauck) reprise of "You Rule My World" was my favorite number in the show.
If you're looking for a good laugh, definitely don't miss The Full Monty at The Candlelight Theatre. The Full Monty runs until March 9, and tickets also include a dinner buffet. Call 302-475-2313 or visit http://www.nctstage.org.
Posted at 10:34am on January 31, 2014 by Gina Poletti
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