Elizabeth Salaam 12:06 p.m., May 21
Dames At Sea
"Listen to Dick, everyone, even though it's hopeless." The Haimsohn/Miller/Wise musical comedy spoofs the Busby Berkeley-directed glitz blitzes of the 1930s, but instead of a cast of thousands, only six do the show. The North Coast Rep's doing a spirited production, directed by Rick Simas, though persistent sightline problems often block the dancers. Sarrah Errington and Jeffrey Scott Parsons exude wide-eyed optimism of Ruby and Dick (based on Ruby Keeler and Dick Powell), who rise from zero to stardom in 24 hours. The game cast sports Renetta Lloyd's period costumes and Peter Herman's wigs, and their split-second changes must threaten the Guinness Book record[note: the production's had two extensions].
Worth a try.
- Out & About: "Dames at Sea" (July 8, 2012)