Pechacek and Hammond's stirring melodies have a certain stylistic sameness, similar to a string of Disney Princess "I want" anthems, and their lyrical rhyme schemes don't strive for Sondheimesque sophistication. But they are blessed with a simple, direct honesty that is emotionally enthralling. Likewise, the plot's domestic drama isn't especially deep, but the dynamite cast (under director Scott Browning) gives the universal themes of hope, fear and dreams deferred a dynamic delivery that sucked me in.
All four performers have professionally seasoned pipes, and when their voices blended in close harmony I got chills. Browning makes smart use of the stage, spreading actors around the space for surround-sound effects and providing plenty of props to keep the solos from becoming static. The satisfying way in which the two storylines entwine in the finale might be a bit too subtle for some audience members to catch, but likely you'll be too busy reaching for tissues (thoughtfully provided to the preview crowd) and wiping your eyes to notice.
Squeaky Wheel Theatre Project - Orlando, FL
Length: 60 Venue: Black Price: $10 (+svc. Charge)
Disc.: FA | FV | Anyone wearing pink ribbons
Rating: 13+ -
Seasons the Musical at Orlando Fringe 2014