Categories

Alexandria Actors Take it All Off in The Full Monty

Jordan Wright
January 15, 2013
Special to The Alexandria Times
 

 

Marcus Fisk (Reg), Michael Gale (Malcolm), Rene Keith Flores (Marty), Ben Norcross (Ensemble), Dan Deisz (Teddy), Christopher Harris (Dave), and Michael Bagwell (Tony) - Photo credit to Shane Canfield

Marcus Fisk (Reg), Michael Gale (Malcolm), Rene Keith Flores (Marty), Ben Norcross (Ensemble), Dan Deisz (Teddy), Christopher Harris (Dave), and Michael Bagwell (Tony) – Photo credit to Shane Canfield

One of the most astonishing things about Alexandria’s Little Theatre is their ability to mount a production as complex and energetic as The Full Monty, a strapping show with book by Terrence McNally and score by David Yazbek.  No less than twenty-nine performers backed by a stellar sixteen-piece orchestra are in full throttle to give audiences fourteen great numbers for a terrific evening of theater.

Rachel Alberts and Carolyn Winters are back on board producing this sizzling hot musical comedy, as is Director Frank Shutts, a WATCH Award-winner who has directed 18 productions at The Little Theatre.  Pair them with choreographer, Ivan Davila (kudos on his “Michael Jordan’s Ball” number), who won two WATCH awards for his work on Hairspray last year at the Little Theatre;the award-winning team of lighting designers, Ken and Patti Crowley; and costume designers, Jean Schlichting and Kit Sibley, and you have a powerhouse pack of theatrical pros.

James Hotsko (Jerry), Daniel McKay (Buddy) and fans, Christopher Harris (Dave), Michael Gale (Malcolm), and James Hotsko (Jerry) - Photo credit to Shane Canfield

James Hotsko (Jerry), Daniel McKay (Buddy) and fans, Christopher Harris (Dave), Michael Gale (Malcolm), and James Hotsko (Jerry) – Photo credit to Shane Canfield

For those unfamiliar with this British import, which was also a successful film, the American version is set in Buffalo and is a story of out-of-work, out-of-options mill workers and their wives.  The fun-loving wives, who are still employed, spend their girl’s-night-out dollars at a local Chippendales strip club.

One night best friends Jerry and Dave sneak into a bathroom window at the nightclub only to overhear their wives talk about the lack of spark in their marriages and the sexy strippers.  “All those men.  All those meat!” Dave’s wife Georgie exclaims.  Defeated and deflated, the guys decide that they too have the goods as well as any other man and agree to join forces to stage their own show.  Fifty thousand dollars is the take for the night, enough to pay off Jerry’s child support and Dave’s bills.  They confab with the evening’s talent, a gay man who goes by “Buddy”, to divine some tips.  They decide it’s all just bump-and-grind and manly attitude.

The sports-loving, butt-scratching couch potatoes decide to audition a few other guys to fill out their act and hire the ex-plant manager slash dance hall teacher Harold Nichols to teach them some sexy moves.  “Do you know what a pelvic thrust is?” Jerry asks the sensitive rail-thin Malcolm.  A more motley group of out-of-shape candidates could not be imagined.  “First we gave the world Buffalo wings.  Now we’re gonna give ‘em Buffalo wieners!” they concur.  The plan is for them to take it all off, right down to the “business”.

Michael Gale (Malcolm) and Mary Lou Bruno (Molly) - Photo credit to Shane Canfield

Michael Gale (Malcolm) and Mary Lou Bruno (Molly) – Photo credit to Shane Canfield

Malcolm Lee plays a memorable Noah “Horse” T. Simmons.  In the “Big Black Man” he transforms himself from a cane-carrying geezer who does the Monkey, the Mashed Potatoes and the Moonwalk to garner a part in their revue.  “What’s the use of a big bundle,” he crows, “if you need a walker to carry it around!”

First rate performances by this gifted cast – James Hotsko as Jerry Lukowski; Annie Ermlick as the Latin firecracker Vicki Nichols who tears up the stage in “Love That Man”; Christopher Harris as the lovable loser Dave Bukatinsky; Jack Stein as Harold Nichols; Jennifer Strand as Jeanette Burmeister, the street savvy ex-actress; Keith Miller as Ethan Girard; Michael Gale as Malcolm MacGregor; Cara Giambrone as Georgie Bukatinsky; Amy Conley as the sassy Pam Lukowski; and Colin Cech as Jerry’s kid Nathan Lukowski.

The music in this show is fabulous – the ballads and duets, tender tearjerkers – the showstoppers, big and brassy.  Leave your delicate sensibilities at home.  This “Monty” is a rip-roaring naughty riot.

Highly recommended.

Through February 2nd at The Little Theatre of Alexandria, 600 Wolfe Street. For tickets and information call the box office at 703 683-0496 or visit www.thelittletheatre.com

Leave a Reply

You can use these HTML tags

<a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>

  

  

  

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.