Review

Dramaworks sends in the magic

Jul 22 2007
Jan Sjostrom | Palm Beach Daily News

Sondheim's virtues stand out in Palm Beach Dramaworks' spirited production of Side by Side by Sondheim. Performers Anna McNeely, Terrell Hardcastle, Cecilia Isis Torres and Craig Ames, who mans the piano, are up to the challenge. In a universally pleasing production, it's difficult to choose the greatest hits. Certainly, McNally's heart-wrenching rendition of Send in the Clowns, Sondheim's most performed tune, is one. So is Hardcastle's nastily amusing Could I Leave You. Torres pours her heart and soul into Losing My Mind, with electrifying results. Musical director Ames arranged the two-piano score for a single piano, which keeps him busy at the keyboard artfully spinning the environments in which the tunes live. But he takes his turn as narrator, sings a bit and even deserts the piano for a few bars alongside Hardcastle. ...In Dramaworks' production, Sondheim's genius shines through.