(Peter Marks’s article appeared in the Washington Post, 11/6.)
The show's got life, humor, heart. Director Molly Smith infuses a musical that sometimes can come across as a nostalgia piece with the energy of a new age, with the gifts of a cast whose faces reflect the America of this moment. Her exciting take — reinforced grandly in Parker Esse's superb choreography — touches on the uplift you feel merely walking into Arena's newly glittering complex, itself a representation of the nation's optimistic impulse for reinvention.
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