‘Guys’ swings with talent, humor

By Lorraine Spencer

Supporting characters steal the show.

“Guys and Dolls” is one of those plays you just never get tired of. No matter how many times you see it, the catchy songs and comical dialogue keep you coming back.

In its latest incarnation, at the Trumbull New Theatre, “Guys and Dolls” did not disappoint.

Terri Gilbert’s production delighted audiences with familiar songs and some clever new touches. The cast was excellent — from the lead roles to the chorus.

Amy Burd played Miss Adelaide with sweet optimism. Her voice evoked the New York dolls of the fifties and her “Laments” were performed with a perfect mix of touching angst and humor. As her fianc e, Nathan Detroit, Tom Burd was equally entertaining. He, too, had a perfect New York tough guy accent and delivered every line with perfect comic timing.

Nicole Bowden’s Sarah Brown was the right mix of uptight conservative and innocent girl. Her clear soprano voice carried through her songs.

James Courim, Jr. played Sky Masterson with a perfectly smooth demeanor and just a touch of sensitivity. His “Luck Be a Lady” gave him the chance to show his range.

As with many musicals, supporting characters steal the show. Russ Nalepa, Kyle Merritt and Joe Marshall opened the show with energy and harmony that carried throughout the play.

Nalepa and Merritt’s gags kept the audience laughing, and “Sit Down, You’re Rockin’ the Boat” was one of the most entertaining numbers of the evening.

Thomas Hathhorn, as Arvide Abernathy, provided a very touching moment with his song, “More I Cannot Wish You.”

As with many an opening night, this performance had its minor difficulties. The pacing of the first act was a little slow, picking up in the second act.

The orchestra was difficult to hear and did not seem together. And a dropped gun and wardrobe malfunction added unexpected humor. But, on the whole, the performance went smoothly.

“Guys and Dolls” is a classic piece of American musical theater, and it’s easy to see why. The songs are upbeat, funny and entertaining. The dialogue is comical and fun. Its charm never fades. Gilbert’s version at TNT is one more great production.

“Guys and Dolls” continues Friday and Saturday and Nov. 21 and 22 at 8 p.m. and Nov. 16 and 23 at 3 p.m.

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