5 Top Scene Stealers of the Week-Week Ending 6/5/14

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Here are our 5 Top Scene Stealers for the week ending June 5, 2014. Congrats to all our honorees! 

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(1) Florrie Bagel as Sister Mary Patrick singing “Sunday Morning Fever” in Sister Act at Hippodrome Theatre

The cast of the of ‘Sister Act' with Florrie Bagel  (Front Far Right). Photo by Joan Marcus.
The cast of the of ‘Sister Act’ with Florrie Bagel (Front Far Right). Photo by Joan Marcus.

[Florrie] Bagel brings an exceptionally boisterous voice to the mix, which is heard ringing through every rafter in “Sunday Morning Fever.” Her dancing in this number is particularly bombastic and causes a great deal of hilarious commotion in this scene.”Amanda Gunther

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(2) Samuel Edgerly singing of ‘One by One by One” and “Life Story” in Ordinary Days at Round House Theatre.

Samuel Edgerly (Warren). Photo by Danisha Crosby.
Samuel Edgerly (Warren). Photo by Danisha Crosby.

I must not leave out the dry wit and theatrical singing style of Samuel Edgerly’s iconoclastic and optimistic portrayal of Warren. This character borders on the downright quirky but Edgerly’s bold confidence in his interpretation draws one right into this character’s unique world. Edgerly delivers “One by One by One” and “Life Story” with feeling and panache.” David Friscic

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(3) Don Myers’ (Lenny Ganz) Grand Entrance in Rumors at Providence Players of Fairfax

Andra Whitt and Don Myers. Photo by Chip Gertzog.
Andra Whitt and Don Myers. Photo by Chip Gertzog.

Don Myers grabs the audience from the moment he enters the stage and starts getting laughs immediately as he announces that he has suffered whiplash in a collision that has mangled his new BMW. He’s miserable and definitely not in a party mood. And from there on he commands the stage and provides a lot of the best one-liners of the play.” Francine Schwartz

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(4) Christopher Henley as Rudolph Peterson on the stand in Judgment in Nuremberg at American Century Theater.

Christopher Henley (Rudolph Peterson). Background: Tel Monks (Judge Ives).  Photo by Johannes Markus.
Christopher Henley (Rudolph Peterson). Background: Tel Monks (Judge Ives). Photo by Johannes Markus.

When Christopher Henley takes the stand as that damaged man, his shaken, fearful performance not only steals the scene; it becomes among the most moving moments of the play. We get to see Steve Lebens’ superb performance as the defense attorney throughout, but as he grills this prosecution witness, drills into him, damaging him even more, our eyes are on Henley’s—darting about, uncomprehending what is happening to him, broken, glazed with pain. We get to see into a character’s wounded soul as a camera could not have shown.” John Stoltenberg

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(5) Madeline Botteri Singing “Come to Your Senses” at tick, tick… BOOM!’ at Quackensteele Theatre Company

Madeline Botteri sings “Come to Your Senses.”Photo by Scott Selman, CYM Media & Entertainment.
Madeline Botteri sings “Come to Your Senses.”Photo by Scott Selman, CYM Media & Entertainment.

Speaking of standouts, Madeline Botteri lights up the stage every time she sets foot upon it. She absolutely nails the show’s quintessential diva solo “Come to Your Senses”…There exists between Botteri and her audience a sort of inherent, profound connection that is both charming and affecting. Hers is a performance not to miss.” Robert Montenegro

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(5) Farrell Parker as The Reverend Singing “A Joyful Noise’ at Bat Boy: The Musical’ at 1st Stage. 

(from left to right) Maggie Leigh Walker, Katie Nigsch-Fairfax, Jimmy Mavrikes, Stephen Hoch, Farrell Parker and Dani Stoller. Photo by Teresa Castracane.
(from left to right) Maggie Leigh Walker, Katie Nigsch-Fairfax, Jimmy Mavrikes, Stephen Hoch, Farrell Parker and Dani Stoller. Photo by Teresa Castracane.

“Vocally, the powerhouse of the ensemble if Farrell Parker, who really lets loose on the opening of Act Two gospel number, “A Joyful Noise.” Keith Tittermary.

LINKS

5 Top Scene Stealers of the Week-Week Ending 5/29/14.

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

Comfort and Joy’: Appearing in 1st Stage’s ‘Bat Boy:The Musical’: Part 1: Farrell Parker.

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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.