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September 19, 2013

'La Cage aux Folles' comes to Musicalfare

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Night & Day — All this plays out around the derring-do of the club, where costumier Kari Drozd’s choices seem to favor the sheath over the spectacle for entertainers who advise, “The more you drink, the better we look.” More vague than truthful, the lineup includes NU grad Marc Sacco as Mercedes (dissed as “VW” by a rival) and Kevin Donohue as the whip-cracking Hannah.

Niagara Regional Theatre Guild regular Steve Jakiel puckers powerfully as the insufferable office-seeker and Dudney Joseph could steal the show as the maid, or butler as the situation demands.

Seldom, though, does this “La Cage” deeply personalize the central relationship as did “the original” even with Puglisi radiating shopworn savoir faire. Self-mockery carried the day and last Wednesday’s throng at 4380 Main St., most much older than I, received it with great warmth.

Doug Smith has been reviewing theater on the Niagara Frontier since 1969.

Doug Smith has been reviewing theater on the Niagara Frontier since 1969.

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