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"Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" is 'Top Shelf Theatre'

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Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
The Opera House, Broad Brook CT
through February 22, 2015
by Tim O'Brien

A musical comedy based on the 1988 film of the same name, "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" offers tremendous overall charm despite some inherent weaknesses in the script itself. With over 20 song and/or dance numbers spread across two acts, they can't all be winners, and a few of the tunes fall a
little flat through absolutely zero fault of the terrific Opera House Players troupe.

Sly direction by Denise Boutin smooths away the rough spots and injects abundant, richly-observed subversiveness into scenes dogged at times by David Yazbeck's slightly inconsistent song craft. Actors break the fourth wall and offer self-referential jokes while the better-than-usual (and quite
nicely choreographed) chorus gets lots of tongue-in-cheek moments of their its throughout the production.

Boutin has also cast a solid love triangle. Brian Rucci brings debonair ennui to veteran con man Lawrence, emcees smoothly through the proceedings and gets even better in the later going as the over-the-top Dr. Shuffhausen.


The other primary scoundrel Freddy is played with boundless energy and standout vocal chops by Randy Davidson. Christine Voytko is winsome and deceptively earnest, spot-on in the character of, well, Christine.

Among the secondary leads, Michael King consistently pulls the biggest laughs as the mildly corrupt but always human local police chief Andre. His love interest Muriel (Tracy Funke) matches King's excellent singing and shows sweet vulnerability. Emily Stisser brings lots of life to the
essentially cameo role of Okie cowgirl and heiress Jolene.

Kudos to the stage crew; the seemingly simple set transforms ingeniously in a flash and the scene changes are done with the precision of an Indy pit crew. Musical director Paul Feyer leads a clever four-piece band that sounds bigger than it is. Of note to parents, there are a few highly suggestive
moments on stage, plus some salty language.

In the pet-peeve department, this reviewer wishes the body mics worn by the principals were less visible; but on the plus side, every word is audible and the audience's experience is the better for it.

"Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" is top-shelf community theatre.

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Address: Broad Brook, East Windsor, CT, USA

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