Cats

Cats is a fantastic spectacle of color, laughter, tears and magic. I must admit I am a biased source because my sister Santana plays the role of Grizabella. That said, she is absolutely fantastic in the role. She has a very expressive face which helps in the role and she makes the character truly pitiable. Her voice is also absolutely fantastic. There were very few dry eyes in the house. Another standout performance is Adrian Woodhouse as Gus the Theatre Cat. He brings a great dignity as well as a certain pride and joy which in other productions is often forgotten in favor of endless sadness. One interesting choice is that old Deuteronomy is portrayed as a giant puppet. Adrian Woodhouse does double duty by doing the voice of this puppet. Particularly impressive is the fact that his voice is different in both roles but still sounds good. Kevin McLachlan plays Rum Tum Tugger, the rockstar cat, very well. What stood out was the breakdance in his song. One curious element of this production is that Rum Tum Tugger is actually also Macavity and he plays this role equally well making the character both sinister and amusing. one element that I particularly liked was that he wasn’t actually visible when he committed his crime which is good because his song talks about how “when a crimes discovered Macavity’s not there.” but many productions have him very clearly committing his crimes in broad daylight. Another great performance is Shawn Kitchen as Skimbleshanks the railway cat. He truly captures the characters boundless energy. Anna Ramminger does a amazing performance as Jemima. The duet between her and Grizzabela is truly beautiful. The set is great with all sorts of giant versions of various things we take for granted including a tire and a book. I highly recommend this play.

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