“The Last Romance” is showing at Carpenter Square Theatre and has two sets of leading lady cast members playing alternate nights. After seeing the wonderful job done by Jane Hall as Carol Reynolds and Vickie Wilcox as Rose Tagliatelle with Paul Smith as Ralph Bellini, a second viewing with the alternate cast became a must!
Kitty Fisher stars as Carol Reynolds in the alternate cast, however, Laurel Van Horn Jaworsky did not perform. Vickie Wilcox normally plays alongside Kitty Fisher, and they had a magnificent rapport as did Hall and Wilcox. Although it is clear that Jaworsky provides an excellent performance as well, seeing Hall with Wilcox followed by Fisher and Wilcox gives a delightful dimension to Joe DePietro’s work.
This is an excellent show and the review above is rather lengthy. “The Last Romance” is a wonderful play and Doobie Potter directs a wonderful cast of personal contemporaries. As a result, the review was over-long initially and the reviewer had to edit. Self-editing is never the wisest choice, although it is often necessary. Unfortunately the paragraph that mentions the young singer who portrays the young man so poignantly was removed. The role is beautifully handled and masterfully sung by Robby Ray. Apologies to him for this oversight and belated congratulations on his performance. Ray has a great future as a singer, and his stage presence will enhance future acting roles as well as straight singing opportunities.
In addition to Ray’s great voice, Smith’s best performance, Hall and Jaworsky or Fisher and Wilcox in excellent performance mode, the little dog, Peaches is played by Coco Chanel Carr. Director Doobie Potter has a great show for Oklahoma City audiences. “The Last Romance” plays at Carpenter Square Theatre through December 23, 2012 and should not be missed! Call 405-232-6500 for reservations at Carpenter Square Theatre, 800 West Main in downtown Oklahoma City.