It's not exactly a singular sensation, but On The Line's production of A Chorus Line, which opened last night in the Annenberg School Theater, does evoke some very enjoyable sensations. Set at an audition for a Broadway musical, A Chorus Line focuses on the lives and experiences of 17 dancers, who are encouraged by the disembodied voice of the director to reveal their innermost secrets. For the most part, On The Line's production does justice to this much-loved musical, and much of the credit must go to College senior David Simon, producer and director of the show. In these two roles, Simon has done a commendable job, directing the large cast with flair and intuition and producing a hefty slice of engaging entertainment. Given the weight of these responsibilities, however, it may have been an unwise decision for Simon to take on the additional burden of acting in the production. For in this third function Simon was far less successful, lacking the presence and power needed for the difficult role of the temperamental director Zack. With this exception, the versatile cast performed with energy, exuberance and style. Indeed, it would be difficult to single out individual members of the line, but College freshman Megan Wozniak and College junior Miriam Zibbell were particularly impressive. Despite the performers' conviction, however, it was unfortunate that the show relied more on stereotypical charicatures (ditzy blonde, sensitive homosexual, arrogant exhibitionist and so on) than on fully-drawn characters. Moreover, the constant self-exploration and angst-ridden inner turmoil of the characters became increasingly tiresome as the show progressed, and the glitzy climax of the show came as something of a relief. On the plus side, all the musical numbers were put across with verve and enthusiasm, despite the fact that a few of the performers' voices were conspicuously off-key. As both choreographer and dancer, College senior Leigh Frillici's efforts were particularly meritous, and her solo dance won her the admiration of all the audience. In addition, College junior and Musical Director Brian Fan conducted a competent rendition of Hamlisch's score, performed with skill by the 19 piece orchestra. All in all, A Chorus Line is a flawed but fun production that, for all its drawbacks, provides a colorful and energetic climax to this semesters' performing arts offerings.Comments powered by Disqus
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