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ART COMMENTARY

AUGUST’S FILMS

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Something Fun for Everyone

Gateway’s “9 to 5” is Outrageously Fun

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unny. Inspiring. Outrageous. Those words describe perfectly the Gateway Playhouse’s production of “9 to 5.” From the casting to the music and everything in between, “9 to 5” must be one of the most entertaining musicals you’ll ever have the pleasure of seeing. The show begins with a witty introduction by the true southern belle herself, Dolly Parton, as her image is projected on a giant clock hanging from the ceiling. Parton sets the stage for Violet, Judy and Doralee – three very different working class women in a man’s world. The opening scene – “9 to 5” – sets your head bopping as the cast throws themselves into the number with high-energy dancing and spirited singing. We meet our leading ladies – Violet, the ambitious widowed mother, Doralee, a (married) Texas blonde bombshell who teaches us not to judge a book by its cover and finally there’s Judy, played by the beautiful Erica Aubrey, who for the first time in her life finds herself alone (divorced from a man who left her for his secretary) and determined to make her own way in the world. Violet, played by the talented Carrie McNulty, takes pity upon Judy, who is starting her first day at Consolidated Companies and has no office experience whatsoever. Violet takes Judy under her wing, giving her tips and pointers on how to survive life in the company in the upbeat number “Around Here.”

All three women work for Franklin Hart, Jr., played done. Judy fantasizes she is an unforgiving femme by Edward Staudenmayer, a sexist, domineering fatale; Doralee is a cowgirl gone bad, and Violet is a and lecherous man – yet I found the character very deranged Snow White. In a turn of events that will leave you holding your difficult to hate. Staudenmayer has a strong stage presence, a powerful voice and he oozes sexual stomach with laughter, the women kidnap Hart and charisma. Hart lusts after his secretary Doralee and lock him in his house, manacled. They form a plan to makes no secret of it. Doralee, played by the vivacious run the company as they see fit. With Doralee’s help Becky Gulsvig, brushes off his flirtatious behavior, in forging Hart’s signature, the women make a host of changes. until she discovers that Hart So what is the fate of Violet, has been spreading rumors that Judy and Doralee? In an ironic they are having an affair. It’s as twist, Hart is able to escape, but Doralee belts out the heartfelt a surprise visit from the CEO “Backwoods Barbie” that we fall of Consolidated Companies, Mr. for this southern belle. Gulsvig’s Tinsworty, leads to a hysterical Dolly Parton twang is spot-on, scene in which Hart claims the and she brings the country girl three women are responsible for character to life in every move everything that has happened at she makes. the company over the last few Headlining the show is funny Edward Staudenmayer, Becky Gulsvig, weeks – and that they kidnapped gal Sally Struthers, who plays Carrie McNulty, and Erica Aubrey him and held him captive in his Roz, the besotted executive assistant who pines after the playboy Hart. The own home. Tinsworthy congratulates the women on their success – and laughs at Hart’s theatrical story audience was laughing out loud as Roz danced provocatively around Hart’s office during her number of kidnapping. It’s a musical that’s a mixture of song, dance and a “Heart to Hart.” Struthers has impeccable comedic timing, and she portrays the middle-aged Roz to whole lot of crazy. By the end, you’re up on your feet, dancing and singing along with the cast. hilarious perfection. Our three heroines (or villains, depending on who Don’t miss “9 to 5,” playing through August 4 at the you’re asking) bond together over a joint and their hatred of Hart on a lunch break. Each lady in her Patchogue Theatre. Gateway will wrap up it’s 63rd drug-laced stupor fantasizes about what she would season with “Phantom of the Opera” Aug. 22 - Sept. 9. do to Hart to pay him back for all the wrong he’s For tickets visit www.gatewayplayhouse.org. Photo by Jeff Bellante

By Genevieve horsburgh

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