5 Top Scene Stealers of the Week-Week Ending 5/22/14

Every Thursday we will be announcing our 5 Top Scene Stealers of the Week.

Here are our 5 Top Scene Stealers for the week ending May 22, 2014.

 (1) Ben Carr as Tom in the final scene of These Shining Lives at Colonial Players of Annapolis.

Ben (Tom) and Dave Carter (Reed). Photo courtesy of Colonial Players of Annapolis.
Ben Carr (Tom) and Dave Carter (Reed). Photo courtesy of Colonial Players of Annapolis.

“The authenticity of the Chicagoan sound in this production shines through in the character of Tom (Ben Carr). With clipped word delivery, Carr creates a realistic working man from Chicago, the accent sounding spot on, and slightly more exaggerated during moments of heated debate. Carr’s overall performance is impressive as he gives the supporting character a rich depth, making him emotionally accessible to the audience. Quickly switching from loving husband to hot-headed man and back, Carr’s ability to portray multiple emotions makes his character feel genuine. The harrowing breakdown displayed in one of the play’s final scenes is exceptional; bringing the strengthened bond between his character and Catherine (Sarah Wade) to the forefront.”

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(2) Jim Goss as Aaron singing “I Miss the Music” in Curtains at Silhouette Stages:

 (l to r) Aaron (Jim Gross), Carmen (Andrea Bush), Oscar (John Sheldon), and Georgia (Michele Guyton). Photo by Steven Teller.
(l to r) Aaron (Jim Gross), Carmen (Andrea Bush), Oscar (John Sheldon), and Georgia (Michele Guyton). Photo by Steven Teller.

Gross stuns the audience with his gorgeous rendition of “I Miss the Music.” Utilizing his upper tenor range for this number, the raw emotions that come channeling through are intense and it becomes the most beautiful number in the show.”

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(3) Jeremy Jordan as Cain singing “Lost in the Wilderness” at Children of Eden in Concert at The Kennedy Center.

Jeremy Jordan. Photo courtesy of The Kennedy Center.
Jeremy Jordan. Photo courtesy of The Kennedy Center.

Tony nominee Jeremy Jordan (Cain/Japeth) stole the show for me, with his powerful rendition of “Lost in the Wilderness,” a song in which Cain tells Abel about how he intends to find the Garden of Eden. Jordan—who performed the same work at a tribute concert to Stephen Schwartz last year at The Kennedy Center—nailed the song again yet again, showing how he’s able to play the part of a leading tenor with sophistication and ease.”

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(4) Catherine Oh as Dunyzade in “The Perfidy of Wives” in The Arabian Nights at Silver Spring Stage.

(L-R) foreground: Catherine Oh, Jaqueline Chenault, and Terry Spann. Background: Mario Font and James Raby. Photo by Harvey Levine.
(L-R) Front: Catherine Oh, Jaqueline Chenault, and Terry Spann. Back: Mario Font and James Raby. Photo by Harvey Levine.

Amanda Gunther: “During the tale The Perfidy of Wives Dunyazade (Catherine Oh) who has previously only been seen as the simpering younger sister of the primary storyteller, steps into the tale as the libidinous wife of a Jester. Oh’s comic timing and exasperation in this tale is executed impeccably, adding hilarity to the scenario as she piles her four lovers into the privy.”

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(5) Richard Yarborough and Matt Holland singing “If You Were Gay’ at A Gay Man’s Guide to Broadway at The Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington at The Kennedy Center.

Rick Yarborough (Rod) and Matt Holland (Nicky). Photo courtesy of GMCW.
Rick Yarborough (Rod) and Matt Holland (Nicky). Photo courtesy of GMCW.

A comedic highlight was the ribald puppetry of the novelty song “If You Were Gay” from the musical Avenue Q. Soloists Richard Yarborough and Matt Holland handled the audience like a pair of old vaudeville troupers with expert timing and physical skill.”

 

 

 

 

 

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Joel Markowitz
Joel Markowitz is the Publisher and Editor of DCMetroTheaterArts. He founded the site with his brother Bruce to help promote the vast riches of theatre and the arts in the DC Metro area that includes Maryland, Virginia, and DC theater and music venues, universities, schools, Children's theaters, professional, and community theatres. Joel is an advocate for promoting the 'stars of the future' in his popular 'Scene Stealers' articles. He wrote a column for 5 years called ‘Theatre Schmooze’ and recorded podcast interviews for DC Theatre Scene. His work can also be seen and read on BroadwayStars. Joel also wrote a monthly preview of what was about to open in DC area theatres for BroadwayWorld. He is an avid film and theater goer, and a suffering Buffalo Bills and Sabres fan. Joel was a regular guest on 'The Lunch and Judy Show' radio program starring Judy Stadt in NYC. Joel founded The Ushers Theatre Going Group in the DC area in 1990, which had a 25-year run when it took its final curtain call last year. Joel is a proud member of The American Critics Association.

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