Guys and Dolls
Newcastle College, 21st-23rd November 2013
Laura Wotton of The Courier reviews the NUTS production of Frank Loesser’s classic, ‘Guys and Dolls’:
NUTS’ performance of Frank Loesser’s ‘Guys and Dolls’ was a fantastic representation of the meticulous care Newcastle’s theatre team put into every production.
The show’s charismatic opening, with its engaging pantomime of suits, skirts and songs, set the precedent for the entire performance. Each actor succeeded to generate an overwhelming impression of the New York underworld, complete with the unique dialect that characterized the time.
Ruiardhri Johnston deserves a special mention for his flawless, and quite simply hilarious, interpretation of one of the Mission Band characters. The love-match between Nathan Detroit and Miss Adelaide was entirely convincing, their extended engagement so overdue that a palpable sigh of relief could be heard from the stands at the conclusive wedding.
The dancing throughout was choreographed, and indeed executed, to perfection, a feature I feel enhanced the songs themselves- I haven’t stopped humming them since!
An exciting, very visual production, ‘Guys and Dolls’ provided a hilarious and very impressive evening’s entertainment enjoyed by a deservedly large audience.