Loved it! Set on the French Riviera, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is about two charming con-artists who woo their way into the hearts of rich, beautiful women. The enthusiastic cast was truly spectacular, charming and they were all absolutely perfect in their roles. Let’s not forget to mention the amazing musical ensemble and chorus who both did a splendid job of filling the room with excitement and delight. Having never heard of this musical until just prior to seeing it, I was kind of skeptical of how good it would be, but boy was I blown away. Right from the beginning the chorus had me hooked with their lovely dance number and wonderful voices. The choreography was in sync, intricate, and exciting.
Though it was a great ensemble effort, I must mention and praise the individual performances of the main cast. Firstly, I must give kudos and much of my adoration to Neil Silcox who played the Suave playboy, Laurence. He sort of reminded me of a younger, but more handsome, of course, version of John Cleese. He was truly amazing, so full of charm and wit. He made the crowd laugh with his over-the-top, pompous character who could do any accent if asked (English, Austrian, and Spanish were the only ones I heard but I’m sure he could do more). Next of course, I must mention his partner in crime Freddy played by the endearing and also very charismatic Evan Dowling. His character was the quintessential streets-smart, savvy young American.
Also special mention to Cameron Johnston who played the hilarious and quirky Frenchman Andre. His awkward yet confident demeanor certainly charmed the crowd. Another one of my favourite characters was Jolene played by Lea Russel. She was awesome as the somehow annoying yet cute and lovable southern belle. Also who can forget Muriel played by the wonderful and beautiful Janice Hawke. I must say, as much as I loved the voices and singing of all the cast members, Hawke’s voice was the one that stood out to me the most. Lastly, of course, I must mention the lovely and talented Ashely Gibson who played Christine, the one woman and person who conned the con-artists themselves and thus completed the trio of the Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is still playing at Hart House Theatre of U of T until January 29th! For more information go to the Hart House website here.
Photos courtesy of Hart House Theatre production.