Friday, March 09, 2007

Review - 'Damn Yankees' gives us heart

By FRANK PHILLIPS

frankphi@hotmail.com
Friday, March 9, 2007 9:27 AM CST

Young Joe Hardy is back in town. So are Lola, Mr. Applegate and the Washington Senators!

If that sounds like a big crowd, it is. “Damn Yankees” is a big production for our little theater on National Ave. There are 30 cast members, some in dual roles.

Community Theatre of Clay County Inc. presents “Damn Yankees” tonight and Saturday with dinner at 6:30 p.m. and the show beginning thereafter.
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The cast did a marvelous job overcoming opening night jitters and there were no muffed lines or miscues from where we sat.

The show features wonderful 1950s music with lines like, “What Lola wants, Lola gets!”, “You've gotta have heart ...” and “Good-bye, old, girl; my old girl ...”

The plot revolves around a die-hard Washington Senators fan in the 1950s when Mickey Mantle & the New York Yankees absolutely dominated baseball. The show asks the question, “What would it take for the Yankees to lose the Pennant, just once?”

The answer is a visit from the devil of a flashy dresser, Mr. Applegate, who persuades Joe Boyd, an overweight, 50-ish, real estate salesman to sell his soul for a chance to lead the Senators to victory over the Yankees and the rest of the league.

Matt Tribble and Michelle McCrea are standouts as Joe and Meg Boyd. Squint and Tribble looks like a very young Tab Hunter.

T. J. Sneddon is delightful as the devilish Applegate; so is Julia Kapke as Lola.

The rest of the cast does a great job as well, including David Maurey, Micahlyn Allen, Carl McKinney, David Landes, Jim Garber, Bernie Jackson, Kevin McCrea, Jordan Allen, Mike Allen, Ashton Swearingen, Chris Swearingen, Bob Lambrecht, Harold Burton, Melody Lunsford, Carolyn Warner, Jo Ann Stearley, Rebecca Beyers, Bob Pell, Candace Johnson, Amy McCluskey, Mikki Mears, David Swearingen, Trey Reberger, Jase Glassburn, Caroline Disney and Katie Walsh.

The show comes on the heels of last month's “Jim Garber ... And Friends!”, an “informal evening musicale” put together by Garber.

Although this reporter was out of town and didn't get to attend, the Feb. 16-17 offering also featured a large ensemble including the Greengrass Strings, the Brazil Choral Society and the Wabash Silver Cornet Band.

Some of the memorable music included “O Susanna”, “Foggy Mountain Breakdown”, “Deep River”, “The Preacher ad the Bear”, “I'm My Own Grandpa”, “Puttin' On the Dog” and “Old Man River”.

Truly, our local theater troupe is one of Clay County's gems, attracting 14 visitors from Crawfordsville last night. Visitors from all over Indiana and elsewhere make it a practice to attend performances at the Lark Theatre, across from Riddell National Bank, on National Ave.

For tickets and more information about upcoming shows, call Barbara Randall, 448-8772.