#171 – Stage Door Players in Dunwoody Presents Stephen Sondheim’s COMPANY – Two More Weekends, Through August 8, 2010
Stage Door Players, Dunwoody’s only professional theatre company, was founded in 1974 as a Community Improvement Project of the Dunwoody Woman’s Club. The intimate space of the theatre, which holds just around 100 patrons, makes seeing a show at State Door an experience like no other. With stadium seating only four rows deep that borders two sides of the stage, there’s not a bad seat in the house and patrons can truly feel like they are a part of the show.
Stage Door Players is currently presenting Stephen Sondheim’s COMPANY, a musical about a 35-year-old bachelor whose married friends all think he should be married, too. On the night of his 35th birthday, confirmed bachelor Robert contemplates his unmarried state. In vignette after hilarious vignette, we are introduced to “those good and crazy people,” his married friends, as Robert weighs the pros and cons of married life. In the end, he realizes being alone is “alone, not alive.” This innovative work by Stephen Sondheim is considered by many to have inaugurated the modern era of musical theatre.
Directed by SDP’s Artistic Director, the passionate and talented Robert Egezio, with musical direction by Linda Uzelac and choreography by Jen MacQueen, this show is a laugh-out-loud hilarious look at married – and unmarried – life, peppered with poignant moments. The cast is local Atlanta talent – the Atlanta theatre community is brimming with amazing talent and dedicated behind-the-scenes folks to make a complicated production like this one seem effortless. I saw the show last week and can say with certainnty: it’s a must-see for any fans of theatre, musicals, Sondheim, and anyone who strives to support the arts here in Atlanta.
The production runs through August 8, 2010. Showtimes are Friday and Saturday evenings at 8:00 PM, and Sunday afternoon matinees at 2:30. For tickets, you should visit the Stage Door Players website; tickets are available online through tix.com. For questions, you can call the Box Office at 770-396-1726.