From snazzy dance numbers to perfectly-timed farce, Theatre Northwest’s current production of the musical “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” is everything you want a theater piece to be. After a few not-quite-there shows, it seems the one-year-old professional company has now found a secure footing.
Filling up the Theatre on the Square stage last weekend with lush Mediterranean sets of marble balustrades and bougainvillea, TNW told the story of two rival con-men on the French Riviera with all the poise and panache of a big city company. Sets ran on and off smoothly, the orchestra was both excellent and unobtrusive, and a backdrop of projected images gave both atmosphere (olive-fringed sunsets) and irony (a moon rising at just the right moment.) The chorus segued in and out of cute costumes and suave choreography with professionalism.
But it was the cast of “Scoundrels” that really made this production glitter. Read more »