By MAIA NOLAN
UAA’s production of “She Stoops to Conquer” opened Friday, and while the show is far from perfect, the cast is enthusiastic, the visual design is excellent and the laughs are earned. Director Fran Lautenberger’s fresh-faced cast members are to be commended for the aplomb with which they tackle Oliver Goldsmith’s eighteenth-century British comedy.
Unfortunately, the accents demanded by the script prove to be too much for many of the actors to manage convincingly, and even when the dialect is on, lines tend to be rushed and difficult to hear. Some of this may be attributable to opening night nerves. The actors are talented, though, and the large cast drives home the old saying about how there are “no small parts.” Every performer brings something to the table. Ultimately, the show is genuinely funny, and the romance is believable. Hopefully the actors will become more comfortable with their accents and pacing as the run progresses.
The production also features creative set design by Anita Algiene and impressive costumes by Christina Gomez.
Be sure to check out “She Stoops to Gossip,” a five-part mockumentary that takes viewers behind the scenes for insider dish, posted earlier on the artsnob blog.
“She Stoops to Conquer” runs Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. through March 16. Tickets at 263-2787 or www.centertix.net.