Anna Sherman’s CAPPIES Review Published in the online Philadelphia Inquirer

Cardinal O’Hara CAPPIES critic Anna Sherman had her review of the Dock Mennonite Academy’s show, “Curtains!” selected for publication in the online Philadelphia Inquirer. Anna’s review was the top from the 20 critics attending the show. The CAPPIES is a national organization that celebrates high school theater, and O’Hara is the only diocesan school to participate in this amazing program. Congratulations, Anna Sherman ’19!


Submitted by Anna Sherman of Cardinal O’Hara High School in GPC:
Appalling reviews from The Boston Globe and the death of the lead actress all in the same day? When you are at the bottom, the only place to go is up. Dock Mennonite Academy proved exactly that in their captivating production of the musical, “Curtains!”.
“Curtains!” is a whodunit murder mystery created by award winning Peter Stone. After his death in 2003, Rupert Holmes completed the script. Fredd Ebb wrote the lyrics, which were put to music by John Kander. Set in the late 1950s, Liutenant Cioffi leads us on a captivating journey of twists and turns as suspicions heighten in the pursuit of a murderer hiding amongst the cast. Along the way, a friendship is healed and true love is found.
The stand-out number is this show was undeniably “The Woman’s Dead.” The whole cast comes together to honor deceased Jessica Cranshaw (Mindy Marinko). Rather than being emotionally distraught, this number was emotionally joyous as they theatrically celebrate the fact that their cast is minus one.
Tying together the lively characters was Liutenant Cioffi, played by Levi Longacre. Longacre morphed between a detective and a stage struck romantic as he pursued the case. He was a lively gentleman, radiant with charm. It is more than understandable how Natalie Frank, as Nikki Harris, falls for him. The genuine, organic chemistry between Longacre and Frank was tantalizing and especially notable in their duet “Coffee Shop Nights.”
Additionally, there were two oversized personalities depicted. Christopher Belling (Isaac Longacre) enhanced the show with vociferous one liners. Longacre wholly encompassed the role of cynical and flamboyant Christoper Belling. With silver hair and spunk, Danica Moyer as Carmen Bernstein was a doyenne and mother to Bambi Bernet (Olivia Messina). She was a powerhouse in “It’s A Business,” educating on the business side of theater.
The cast excelled with their constant costume changes, as they were all executed with ease. Each character looked put together for their duration on stage. At times, microphone complications made lines inaudible, but this was not too large of a flaw.
Dock Mennonite Academy’s production of “Curtains!” was undoubtedly a dazzling performance proving that the cast undoubtedly were “show people.”
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