The Star-Spangled Girl

On Saturday night, A.J. and I went to see the latest offering by The World’s Stage Theatre Company at the Tenth Street Theatre. We saw The Star-Spangled Girl by Neil Simon. This is the second time that we have seen a show performed by this company. The first time was last year when they did A Little More Than Kin. I have to say that I am really impressed by the young actors in this company. The show was incredibly funny and extremely well executed.

This three person show is essentially a love triangle, mixed with politics. While it wasn’t received well by the critics when it opened on Broadway in 1966, I think this show was the perfect vehicle for The World’s Stage. The two men and one woman in the show are meant to be in their early to mid 20s and the young folks in the cast were totally believable in those parts. Two male actors, Ted Warren and Eric Schabla, were absolutely amazing. I have seen these two gentlemen in other production at least three other times and I find them as good as or better than most of the veteran community theatre actors that I have worked with in the past. Although she didn’t have nearly as much stage time as the other two, Gretchen Mahkorn, the third member of the cast, she turned in an excellent performance as well. A lot of credit must be given to the director, Allie Babich, for putting together this outstanding show. The set, lighting, and sound were equal to what I would expect at a professional performance.

It is truly inspiring to see what a group of motivated teenagers can put together in short time while also working on various other projects at the same time. I sure hope that The World’s Stage continues present this type of wonderful theatre as only they can. If you get a chance to attend one of their productions, don’t hesitate at all. It is well worth the modest ticket price.


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