REVIEW: ‘Guys and Dolls’ rolls a natural

Nathan Detroit (Jason Scorich) is between a rock and a hard place, having to find a new location to put on the oldest established floating crap game in New York, and finding yet another reason to put off marrying Adelaide (Louisa Scorich), his fiancée of 14 years. Meanwhile, at the local Salvation Army post, Sgt. Sarah Brown (Carolyn LePine) is in danger of losing her position as a missionary to sinners, when a bet puts her on a collision course with charming gambler supreme, Sky Masterson (Cal Metts).

Kyle McMillan (from left), Andy Roemhildt, and Matias Valero are gangsters and gamblers in the Duluth Playhouse's production of "Guys and Dolls" that opened Thursday. (Steve Kuchera / skuchera@duluthnews.com)

Kyle McMillan (from left), Andy Roemhildt, and Matias Valero are gangsters and gamblers in the Duluth Playhouse’s production of “Guys and Dolls” that opened Thursday. (Steve Kuchera / skuchera@duluthnews.com)

It is not really fair to say that Louisa Scorich steals this show as Miss Adelaide, because ultimately the script hands it to her on a silver platter. “Adelaide’s Lament” is one of the great showpieces in Broadway history, and the absolutely adorable Scorich totally owns it, adding dashes of brass and sass. Her Adelaide’s emotions, logic and voice can all turn on a dime, to great comic effect, and from that moment on she owns the audience. Every time she comes on stage you just want to smile, sit back and enjoy.

LePine’s “Marry the Man” duet with Adelaide is doubly delightful, but the biggest surprise of the evening is her prowess at physical comedy during “The Tango.” An inebriated Sarah engages in a tango line that turns into a conga line, before she dances with Tony (Jesse Davis) in dueling tangos with Sky and Mariah (Paige Kohler). I thought LePine’s antics were an absolute homage to “I Love Lucy,” and she carried them off with aplomb. It has been a long time since I have seen a scene that funny and that long, without dialogue.

To read the full review, visit duluthnewstribune.com.

Photo: Todd H. Photos

Photo: Todd H. Photos

This review originally appeared online with the Duluth News Tribune on July 17, 2015 and was written by Lawrence Bernabo.

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WHEN: July 16-August 2, 2015
TIMES: Wednesday – Saturday @ 7:30pm | Sundays @ 2:00pm
WHERE: Duluth Playhouse (506 West Michigan Street, Duluth MN 55802)
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