Cattywampus

South Coast Repertory, Costa Mesa, CA
As part of the Other Voices Festival
June 22-24, 2012
Written and directed by Robert Cucuzza

Live score by Juli Crockett and Michael Feldman

 

With

Jenny Greer as Chrissie

Lola Kelly as Julie
Jacob Loeb as Jodie

 

Costume Designer: Alice Tavener/Cybele Moon

Lighting Designer: Adam Frank

Scenic Designer: Dorothy Hoover

Stage Manager: Marisa Blankier
Choreographer: Jordana Che Toback

Producer: Miranda Wright

Photos by Cybele Moon/Robert Cucuzza

 

Produced by Transit Authority/Studio Cucuzza

"Though it would seem safe to assume that writer/director Cucuzza is laying low while his show is presented for a fourth time, this would be a mistake. Cucuzza has been fiercely involved with the continued development of the work with small rewrites and edits, not least of which being the renaming of Jean’s counterpart, the car-detailer, from Donnie to Jodie (an adjustment whose parallelism, if only for alliterative purposes, pleases me more). This in addition to the fact that the SCR Studio performances featured fresh, new actors playing both Jodie (Jacob Loeb) and Julie (Lola Kelly), though still just as well-directed and acted as their predecessors. Loeb brought to the role a fantastic kineticism, matched well by Kelly’s execution of neo-Julie’s profoundly weird sexuo-deferential entanglements. Jenny Greer once again convincingly played the true down-n-out yinzer Chrissie. Combined with the subtle and polished bluegrass lounge-rock continuous underscore – performed with joyful ease by composers Juli Crockett (guitar) and Michael Feldman (electric organ) – and the keen, economical design elements, the show’s energy was palpably crackling: pratfalls, F-bombs, Pittsburghese, and all.

Richard Valitutto, Out West Arts

Profile on South Coast Repertory's website

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