Next Door Theater's "The Light in the Piazza": Not Your Average Euro-Trip

Next Door Theater Company presents its intimate production of The Light in the Piazza, a gorgeous musical about a mother and a daughter's trip to Italy that changes both of their lives. Unfortunately, this production failed to change mine. While some of the cast boasts impressive voices and Music Director Dan Rodriguez creates beautiful and rich music with his six-piece orchestra (including a melodious harp player), the musical does not leave an impression. Director Adam Schuler fills the space with activity through his capable direction, but his actors lack the essence of their characters, supplementing them in voice but not in action. The production showcases a rarely done and exquisite material, but does not present a production worthy of its material.

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