Thursday, November 3, 2016

Theater Thursday- Holiday Inn and The Odd Couple

We were given free tickets to Holiday Inn for review purposes. Any and all opinions expressed here are our own.

What: Holiday Inn

Where: Studio 54
             254 W. 54th St.
             New York, NY

When: Now through January 15, 2017

Who: Recommended for 13 and up
Me - Holiday Inn was a good show. It was about people who performed shows every holiday from this farm. This guy lived there who used to be a performer. It was based on the movie of the same name. I never saw the movie though.  I liked the music and the singing and dancing. The songs were old songs. I didn't know any but I liked them. I especially liked the song White Christmas. The acting was good. The costumes were very colorful. I love things that are colorful. The set was cool. The edges of the curtain looked like part of the farm.  It was a very happy upbeat show. My favorite actor in the show was Corbin Bleu. He played a guy named Ted  who was the former partner of the guy who owned the farmer. He was still a performer. His character was sort of funny. He wasn't always nice though. I previously saw Corbin Bleu on Broadway in Godspell. I had no idea he was such a good dancer though. I especially liked when he tap danced. I had no idea he could do that. I liked all the tap dancing in the show because I love tap dancing. Holiday Inn was a pleasantly entertaining show, and I would really recommend it.
Mom -  If you like a good old fashioned musicals, you'll love Holiday Inn. The show based on the movie of the same name is full of old familiar songs like White Christmas and Easter Parade. The dancing which includes  a lot of tap dancing as well as a dance done with jump ropes and a dance done with firecrackers is great. The acting is great too. The night we attended an understudy stood in for one of the major performers and the show didn't miss a beat. The show is recommended for 13 and up even though there isn't really anything objectionable about the show for kids who are slightly younger especially those who really love musicals. Holiday Inn is a great start to the Holiday season. For more information or to order tickets go to http://www.roundabouttheatre.org/Shows-Events/Holiday-Inn.aspx.

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We were given free tickets to The Odd Couple for review purposes. Any and all opinions expressed here are our own. 
What: The Odd Couple (Female Version)

Where: Kelsey Theatre
            1200 Old Trenton Road
            West Windsor, NJ

Who: Teens and up

When: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday November 6 , 2016

Me - The Odd Couple was a good show. It was the female version of the original show which was later made into a movie and then TV show and another TV show. We watch the current version of the TV show. I never saw any of the other versions before. I liked the show. It was funny. I especially liked the scene where the two women were going on a date with these two Spanish men. They kept misunderstanding each other. It was really funny. I also liked when the character of Florence (who would be Felix in the men's version) was confused about one of the guy's names. She thought the same thing as I thought when I saw the name on the playbill. The acting was good. The set was nice. I have only seen two non-musicals so far in my life. I like that since non-musicals often take place all in the same place the sets can be more elaborate. It really looked like it could be somebody's house. It was a good show, and you should see it before it closes next Sunday. 
Mom - The Odd Couple is a show that almost everybody is familiar with in one form or another. The version currently running at Kelsey Theatre is the female version of the original Neil Simon play. In this version Olive is the slob and Florence is the neat freak. Although Olive does leave her house a mess, other than that her character is not as clearly defined as Florence's. I am not sure if this is the actress, the director's or the playwright's fault as I have never seen the show before. I have seen other versions of The Odd Couple,however. Olive seems much more put together than Oscar ever did in any version of The Odd Couple I have ever seen. Over all, though the show is well acted and very entertaining. It isn't really a show for children though because of the subject matter and maybe some language. For more information or to order tickets go to http://www.kelseyatmccc.org/The%20Odd%20Couple.shtml.

And that's our view. Tune in tomorrow for Funtivity Friday.
Photo credits: All Holiday Inn photos by Joan Marcus

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