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POST-GAZETTE, JULY 14, 2017 PAGE 7 FESTIVAL Y Sponsored by, ST. JOSEPH July 30 Procession Only- St. Joseph's Society 465 Hanover SL 1 pm ST. AGRIPPINA Hanover & Battery Streets Sunday Procession MADONNA DELLA CAVA Hanover & Battery Streets Sunday Procession August Childrens Procession 3, 4, 5, 6 12 noon August 11, 12, 13 I pm MADONNA del SOCCORSO August 17, 18, 19, 20 North, Fleet & Lewis Streets (Fisherman's Feast) Sunday Procession I pm ST. LUCY Feast & Procession - Thacher, Endicott & N. Margin Streets August 24 5 pm ST. ANTHONY August 25, 26, 27 Thacher, Endicott & hi. Margin Streets Sunday Procession 12 pm ST. 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The situation was if a building was burning down and you had to choose between saving a person or the last remaining copy of the works of Shakespeare, what would you choose to do? Shane and most of his friends said they would save the Shake- speare, as art was more impor- tant than the life of just one person. Later in the play, he would be tested on this ques- tion, and find the decision to be a bit more complicated. Bullets Over Broadway is adapted from the 1994 Woody Allen film of the same name. It has been turned into a musical, and after seeing both the movie and this fine production, I have concluded it should have been a musical from the outset. It does not have an original score. The music consists of catchy tunes from the period between WWI and WWII. Some of the songs wil be familiar to the audience and some are fairly obscure. Tl:e music adds an atmosphere that was miss- ing in the movie; it works, and it works well. Playwright David Shayne, played with just the right amount of angst and comedy by the very talented John Rochette, has reluctantly agreed to com- promise some of his artistic in- tegrity by allowing the girlfriend of mob boss Nick Valenfi to have a role in his play in exchange for having the gangster bankroll the production. Vincent Pastore, reprising his role from the origi- nal Broadway version of Bullets, is ideal as the man who takes time between musical numbers such as =Gee Baby, Ain~ I Good To You" (which is sung to his ditzy girlfriend Olive, played by Jemma Jane) to order hits on his enemies. Ms. Jane is a hoot when she sings =The Hot Dog Song," a saucy piece filled with double entendres and some interesting moves on her part. She appears to relish her role as the not so bright Olive. It is all such fun. Reed Campbell is positively outstanding as Cheech (=Not Mr. Cheech, it's just Cheech'), Valenti's top hit man, who has been charged with keeping an eye on Olive as she attends rehearsals for the play. Cheech still finds time to make a hit while tending to Olive. There is an interesting scene where he and an accomplice take a vic- tim for a ride while singing "Up a Lazy River." Sum it's morbid, but it is also very funny. Meanwhile, Shayne seems to be at peace with the deal he has made now that leading Lady Helen Sinclair (Michele Ragusa) has agreed to star in his play. That peace is soon dis- K o,Auo.os / Rm.EX / / ESTATE JEWELRY / | Bought S01 I Jewelers ExcL Bldg. ) ~.. Jim (617) 263-7766J Vincent Pastore and Cast (Photo by Jay Goldsmith) rupted when he hears Olive re- hearsing her lines with a voice that makes him cringe. He lights up the stage with =I'm Sitting on Top of the World." Mr. Rochette shows great chops as a singing and dancing man as he moves about the stage. He is very good. Ms. Ragusa does a fabu- lous job as the aging diva with a touch of Sunset Boulevard mixed in. Using an overly dra- matic theatrical voice, she is funny without becoming a caricature. She and Mr. Ro- chette are delightful as they sing "There's a Broken Heart for Every Light:tin Broadway;~::;,/:~ One of the many high points of the play is when Cheech and his fellow gangsters per- form the song and dance num- ber, "Tain't Nobody's Bizness if I Do." Reed Campbell was ab- solutely fantastic in this high- energy number and had many audience members on their feet by the end. Campbell is an amazing talent who time and again wowed the crowd at the Playhouse. In this interesting and come- dic story, we see Cheech taking over authorship of the play as Shayne has to deal with hav- ing compromised his artistic integrity. Along the way we are treated to dancing hot dogs, an amazing set consisting of New York City rooftops, a train, a vintage car, an actor doubling as a compulsive eater who gives a new meaning to growing into a part, and wonderful lighting. We are also gifted with the amazing Sally Struthers as Eden Brent. She appears with her little dog, who also displays great acting ability. Ms. Struthers take the stage in Ogunquit each season and never disappoints. She is a master of comedic timing. This production is directed by Jeff Whiting, who worked close- ly with Susan Stroman on the original production. He has rec- reated that direction and chore- ography for this show. I want to add that both John Rochette and Reed Campbell are extraordinarily talented young actors. Having them share the stage with such experienced actors as Vincent Pastore and Sally Struthers is great to see. Both of these men have prom- ising careers ahead of them. I could also say this about the entire cast. Everyone was won- ~eri~. ~ ~,~el the ener- gy and excitement as it spilled into the audience. This is musi- cal theatre at its best. It is the Ogunquit Playhouse at its best. Although there are a few that I would not see again, I am rarely disappointed by a show at the Playhouse. The vast ma- jority are very enjoyable. Bullets Over Broadway ranks as one of the best I have ever seen there. I strongly recommend you get to Ogunquit and see this produc- tion. I have a feeling tickets will be selling fast, so I would not hesitate. David Shayne ends up with a different answer to the ques- tion of whether or not to choose Shakespeare over the life of a human being when he is faced by the choice Cheech makes when dealing with Olive drag- ging the play down. It turns out Cheech has more artistic integ- rity, but David has found his humanity. Bullets Over Broadway runs though July 29~ at The Ogunquit Playhouse, Ogunquit, Maine. For more information, go to or call 207-646-5511. Jemma Jane, John Rochette, and Kenny Morris (Photo by Gary Ng)