Friday, I had the pleasure of attending my first play at The Glenmore Playhouse here in Cheviot. Working: A Musical brought to you by The Drama Workshop.
'Working is a musical created by Stephen Schwartz and Nina Faso.The musical is based on the book Working; People Talk About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They Do by Studs Terkel (1974), which has interviews with people from different occupations.' Over the years the play has seen updates to fit the times and to reflect common occupations. This version of the play is based on the 2012 Revised Version of Working.
It was my first time visiting The Glenmore Playhouse but my research told me that it was a recently renovated location that is home to The Drama Workshop, who have been bringing theater to the community for over 50 years. When entering I immediately noticed how well put together the lobby was and how welcoming it felt. There was a wine table and refreshments area, as well as seating for those who were waiting for the show to start. The walls were decorated with posters from shows past and shows to come and there were installments of black and white photos showing the entire cast and behind the scenes ninjas that were a part of the production that I was there to see.
Entering the theater I was in love with the intimacy which I was even more excited by when the show started. Looking around I could see that even through the renovations some of the distinct staples of the building were kept. From decor to architecture all of the pieces seemed to fit into a time period. I have never experienced this particular play and was surprised at the minimalist vibes I got from the stage as there were no large sets to be moved or buckets of props that had to be changed between scenes.
Aside from the minimalist set, a wonderful group of actors put together an amazing show. Each actor is worth noting, but in my opinion the standouts included Clara Hingsbergen, Kyndra D. Jefferies, and Elizabeth L Taylor. Their energy was contagious and I was connected to each of them the entire time. I felt the comedic timing kept my attention for most of the play. Each song, each word, could be felt because every workable inch of space was used for choreography.
Director Amy Waldfogel has put together an amazing show with smooth scene changes, a clear focus, and a cohesiveness that is impressive. Again, though my previously mentioned standouts had my attention I felt that no actor pulled focus when they shouldn’t and even when the scene had several auxiliary actors in the background they were all performing with the same energy.
The lighting design of Eric Bardes and the costume design of Amanda Borchers enhanced the show in their own ways. The costumes were put together very well, with several actors having multiple costume changes, they were seamless. The execution of each lighting scheme by Whitney Ball, Stage Manager and Lighting Execution, was flawless. My favorite lighting magic happened when we were listening to the fireman and the lights were made to mimic the flicker of flames on a burning building. The costumes were unique to each character and helped to create strong visual support which was key with the minimalist set design I mentioned before; four boxes that served several purposes, a desk, and a couple of props paired with flawless pantomiming were all that was needed to put on a great show.
If you want to escape from the hustle and bustle of your daily job I encourage you to go see this production taking place right in your backyard. Working: A Musical will run March 3rd- 19th, 2019 at The Glenmore Playhouse, located at 3716 Glenmore Ave., Cheviot, OH 45211. For tickets call (513) 598-8303 or visit their website at thedramaworkshop.org.
Rated: 4.5 out of 5 Sheep