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Review –‘Forever Plaid’at Lucky Penny Productions in Napa 

Feb 27, 2019


Flawless harmony fills the intimate Lucky Penny theater through synchronized melodies in ‘Forever Plaid.’ This combination comedy and musical act is a feel-good performance of favorites like “Heart and Soul” and “Three Coins in the Fountain.” Held together by a minimal plot, four men step forward to give a phenomenal performance of lyrical beauty.

Smudge (David Murphy) in a newly acquired plaid suit.In his directorial debut, Michael Ross finds endless snapshots of humor—from panicked reactions of picking up the wrong microphone to music director Craig Burdette’s nonchalant return after intermission, snack in hand. Burdette’s amusing interactions with the actors add a sense of comradery to the ensemble.

The musicians are present on stage, with Burdette (Keyboard), Alan Parks (Bass) and Quentin Cohen (Drums) providing upbeat accompaniment that is perfectly balanced with the vocal performance, neither overwhelming the other.

‘Forever Plaid’ has its share of inside jokes, such as a reduced version of ‘The Ed Sullivan Show’ and a silly rendition of “Crazy ‘Bout Ya Baby.” It soars with naïve joy through a lush soundscape that is universally appealing.

The captivating quartet of nervous Jinx (Michael Scott Wells), nerdy Smudge (David Murphy), class clown Sparky (Scottie Woodard) and philosophical Francis (F. James Raasch) is so well rehearsed that I overheard audience members wondering how many years they had sung together.

Jinx (Michael Scott Wells) and Sparky (Scottie Woodard).

Woodard’s simple choreography maintains the humor, with characters using the wrong foot, quickly switching in mortification, and deliberate fumbles that caused a roar of appreciative chuckles. April George’s lighting design sets the mood with disco ball sparkles and vibrant hues of red and blue.

Whether you enjoy an old-fashioned good time of bad puns and physical comedy or want a relaxing, romantic serenade, ‘Forever Plaid’ fits the bill.

The Plaids gather for their finale.

Forever Plaid

Presented by Lucky Penny Productions through March 3, 2019
Thurs at 7:00pm, Fri/Sat at 8:00pm, Sun at 2:00pm

Tickets: $40 general, $35 senior, $30 student

Lucky Penny Community Arts Center
1758 Industrial Way, Suite 208, Napa, CA 94558
(707) 266-6305

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