Through May 6, 2018
The word is d-i-v-e-r-t-i-s-s-e-m-e-n-t (a pleasant escape).
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Sometimes it’s fun to just sit in the theatre and laugh. If that is your kind of entertainment, “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” is your thing and will spell “d-e-l-i-g-h-t” for you.
To see a full review of this show, read Roy Berko's blog here
The comedic timing of this cast is exquisite as one hilarious line after another comes spilling forth from the stage. It is a coming of age story about children learning who they are by striving to better themselves which in some cases may not include as much winning as giving. This is must see comedy theater.
An enterprise such as this — with six of the adults playing grade-school overachieving geeks and nerds — might easily result in the tiresome mugging and overplaying of a bad fraternity skit. But each character was lovingly and assiduously concocted with seamless originality between the show's creators and performers. What’s more, the orchestra conducted by Jordan Cooper, the convincing and stylish gym-cafetorium set by Michael Schweikardt and the choreography and direction by Marcia Mildgrom Dodge are of a caliber that makes this show such a solid progeny of Broadway.
BOTTOM LINE: It’s a show that’s full of itself — most often in a good way — and offers cute songs, such as “Magic Foot” in which Barfee reveals his spelling trick.
For a full review go here or to Cool Cleveland