Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

The Little Theater on the Square

The woman behind us says that this is her granddaughter's favorite movie after Grease. I find it a little unlikely that a 5 year old girl has 7 Brides for 7 Brothers as a favorite film. But I guess anything is possible. We missed out on 2001 season, truth is, there just wasn't much exciting scheduled that year. When we first got the list this year I was impressed with the planned shows -- even to the point of almost getting season tickets. But, with 2 kids to worry about now, and a less than consistent work schedule, it kind of slipped through the cracks. But, we did manage to get in to see this show, and I'm glad we did.

In all the years we've been to the Little Theater, we've never seen an actor flub a line. I mean, he completely lost it for about 30 seconds before returning to the play at hand. His costar did a good job keeping a straight face during the whole thing. And, after a brief foray into silliness, they went back into the play.

The story, for those unfamiliar with it, involves a family of biblically nomenclatured mountain men, and their search for women. The actual story is obviously more involved than that, but you get the idea. The performance itself was good, though not outstanding. There was a great deal of dancing in this show, but it wasn't exactly the most fun and spontaneous choreography I'd ever seen. Of course, these folks have to learn a new routine every 2 to 3 weeks, usually while performing something else -- and it's not the largest of stages, so I'm willing to cut them some slack on that. Also, some of the guys seemed less than interested in the girls they were with -- OK, maybe you don't like that particular girl (or girls in general for that matter) -- you're an actor, act like you do.

Otherwise, it was an enjoyable production, and well worth the time...