As the gangsters both John Roeder and Tommy Bullington played their comedic roles with the right amount of over the top humor however I didn't believe for a second that they could install any danger. Also I know Cole Porter loved writing his refrains to the point where you think a song will never end but they don't work if the lyrics aren't intelligible. As for the General Noah Sullivan handled his character as well as he could though I still can't understand why ever since the revival they added “From this Moment On” into the show as it's beneath both characters. I remember an article when they were trying to get Patti LuPone for the revival and she said that she would never do the show because it's one of show that the leads must have been having martini's backstage during the second act since they had nothing to do. I can understand that reasoning but there must have been a better song to put in that moment.
The Director/Set Designer Bob Knuth for the most part kept the action moving and took the Shakespearean stage moments serious which in the past I've seen it overplayed. The chorus handled all the dancing extremely well however the costumes ranged from wonderful to just why? Katharine's wedding dress after she's been in the mud was hideous and some of the chorus boys were wearing pant that I just know the idea was “borrowed” from Gwen Stefani's tribute to Paul McCarthy at the Kennedy Center. Also that wedding scene at the end at so many pastorals that I thought I was at an Easter Egg Hunt.
I think this production is a tribute to Kevin Bellie as a choreographer and had two great female performances other then that I'm much more interested in seeing what Circle has up it's sleeve later in the season.
Please note: This will be performed in Circle's new location, 1010 Madison Street in Oak Park and is only running until January 31st so get your tickets soon. The show runs Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00pm and on Sunday at 3:00pm. On Fridays all seats are $22 and on Saturday and Sunday: $26 for adults, $24 for students and seniors