Theatre's latest production, 'Drowsy Chaperone,' wows critic

Theatre's latest production, 'Drowsy Chaperone,' wows critic
Cassandra Kennedy '16 | OSC work study

By Cassandra Kennedy '16 | OSC work study

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As people left The Drowsy Chaperone, murmurs of "this was best show I’ve ever seen at Doane" left with some viewers. Some came from a very important one, at that.

During its sold-out weekend shows March 6-9, The Drowsy Chaperone comedically took the audience into the world of another musical, as the narrator stopped the dancing to periodically explain scenes.  

Director Rob McKercher received many letters and comments of praise. The comments came from the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF) responder and other supporters. Some of the praise acquired ran along the lines of:

“Great dancing done with amazing skill.”

“This had the perfect balance between the farcical, two-dimensional quality of the show-with-in-a-show, and the touching yet hilarious story of the ‘man in the chair’ who was truthful yet sincerely believable.”

“Excellent acting choices...perfectly on my list.”

“Now I know a smaller theatre can be successful with the scale and scope of this challenging script.”

“We keep coming back to see your shows at Doane each year and are never disappointed.”

Along with the praise, Paul Shaw '16 and Patrick Conley '15 both received nominations for the Irene Ryan Scholarship based on their performances in the show. Shaw narrated while Conley performed as a main character.

Doane Theatre has one more schedule production this year, "Jerusalem," which is slated to run May 1-3.