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“Roald Dahl’s Matilda, the Musical” (review)(thru 12/13)

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“Roald Dahl’s Matilda, the Musical” (review)(thru 12/13)

At Proctors

State St, Schenectady


“Matilda the Musical”, the Broadway sensation that is a spin off of the famous 1988 British book by Roald Dahl, has arrived at Proctors from far away shores, making its way on its American Tour. The story centers around a delightful  young  Matilda (Tori Feinstein), who is exceptionally bright and intelligent, much brighter, in fact, than her parents. Indeed, her parents scold her for reading books, and play the hokey belligerent couple reminiscent of Thenardiers and his innkeeper wife in Les Mis. To make matters worse, Matilda goes to a boarding school, where her headmistress, Ms. Trunchbull, played by Bryce Ryness, is even more unforgiving. Matilda and her fellow classmates are anchored only by the sound and level headed teacher,  Miss Honey, played by Jennifer Blood.

Our child repertoire here is simply spectacular. Lead by Ms. Feinstein,  they sing and dance and work in perfect unison to light up the stage. The scenery, too,  is nothing short of wonderful. There is one scene where characters in white shirts are trying to climb the gray entrance to the school. The color combinations were fantastic. The choreography that brings our child group together cannot be beat.  This show is packed with singing, dancing, and plenty of laughter, as Matilda and her classmates go on their journey and search for understanding.

What, then, could possibly be wrong with the show?

Unfortunately, you simply cannot understand a word anyone says. There may be a kaboom to set this plot off, but if there was, it would be garbled.

I have written in the past that the theatrical experience with foreign shows, primarily British shows, should best leave the accents at home. This reviewer lost entire sentences to bad acoustics. Turning to my wife, “What did she say?”—let’s face it, wives hear everything—also resulted in a shrug of the shoulders. Much of the dialogue was wasted on garble. Thank Heavens for the singing and dancing and scenery.

Bryce Ryness plays a hilarious character.  His role as school master will leave you laughing (he does, at times, write things on a blackboard which you can’t really see). But his character and his role are hilarious. Matilda, too, carries such a huge weight for a child actress, and she pulls it off flawlessly with the other kids.

It is a great show, but the lack of acoustics, combined with garbled accents, makes it dastardly difficult to understand.

   --Richard DiMaggio, didyouweekend.com

Book by Dennis Kelly

Music and Lyrics by Tim Minchin

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Address: State St, Schenectady, NY, USA

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