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Archive for Tuesday, April 20, 2004

Review off base

April 20, 2004

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To the editor:

We recently moved to Lawrence from Los Angeles. Elizabeth has a master's degree in theater history; I have a degree in English with a minor in speech, studied acting with Agnes Moorehead and Stella Adler, have sold several movie scripts and was an executive for a television production company. Together we have seen more than a thousand plays performed all over the country.

We take exception to Ms. O'Neal's review of "A Little Night Music" (Journal-World, April 18). While the opening numbers seemed to bother her, they last only a few minutes; we had no trouble understanding the lyrics, and my hearing is not as good as it once was. She notes only one of the outstanding cast members, never mentioning solid acting/singing performances by Julie Mykowski, Kate Hurley, Evan Grosshans, Kelli Berry and a crowd-pleasing rendition of "The Miller's Son" by Caitlin McDonald.

For the reviewer, the play seemed to start and end with the first act; she never mentions the very satisfying second act. She also failed to mention the luscious set and its contribution to the mood of the play as well as expediting the pace. The costumes are breathtaking. And what about the superb contribution of the orchestra?

Standing ovations for all from these two theater-goers.

Larry and Elizabeth Hovey,

Lawrence

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