Wednesday, June 18, 2014

MY FAIR LADY @ Porthouse Theatre/Kent State

June 12-28, 2014

Bob Abelman

The Porthouse Theatre's treatment of this musical theater classic is significantly less grand and interesting than what patrons have grown accustomed to.  It is more in line with dinner theater, but without the beverage service or 50/50 raffle.

To see a full review of this show, read Bob Abelman's CJN article here.

Roy Berko

Under the directing awareness of Terri Kent, and the outstanding performances by Kayce Cummings and Greg Violand, the Porthouse production of "My Fair Lady," made for a fine evening of summer entertainment.

To see a full review of this show, read Roy Berko's blog here.

Kerry Clawson

Greg Violand and Kayce Cummings make a winsome pair in the Lerner and Loewe classic MY FAIR LADY, the famous tale of  an egotistical phoneticist who tutors a Cockney flower seller to speak the Queen’s English in an effort to pass her off as a high-class lady.

Violand lets the audience in on how confounded Higgins really is by women when he sings tunes such as "I’m An Ordinary Man," elevating himself with lyrics such as "Let a woman in your life and invite eternal strife." 

Lead actress Cummings gets to squawk and snort plenty as the feisty Eliza, who exhibits great physical humor and decidedly unladylike body language.

To see a full review of this show, read Kerry Clawson's review here.
  Christine Howey

This show about the Cockney ragamuffin Eliza Doolittle being transformed into a refined lady never gets old, as long as the performers are up to the task. And happily, this production at the Porthouse Theatre has two stellar performers in the key roles.

To see a full review of this show, read Christine Howey's blog Rave and Pan