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Glowing Review for Dogfight from DC Metro

March 17, 2017


Excerpt from the DC Metro Theater Arts Review of Dogfight:


The war that the show explores is the early stages of Vietnam, 1963; the friendships are between three Marines: Eddie Baines Birdlace (Eric Jones), Boland (Garrett Zink) and Bernstein (Cam Sammartino) aka “The Three B’s”; and the love involves Birdlace and a waitress named Rose Fenny (Megan Evans). The titular dog fight refers to an ugly tradition in which Marines bet on who can bring the most unattractive woman to a dance. Matters get intense when Birdlace chooses Rose, and Boland chooses a lady of ill repute, Marcy (Hillary Templeton) to compete in the dogfight.


Eric Jones (Eddie Birdlace) and Megan Evans (Rose Fenny). Photo courtesy of Rockville Musical Theatre.

Musical Director Matthew Dohm and Choreographer Hayley North ensured the cast had a good foundation of music and movement to work from. Several of the first few songs put me in a Broadway state of mind. As Rose and Birdlace respectively, Evans’ powerful pipes and Jones’ vocals, along with the Company made “Prelude: Take Me Back” soar to lyrical heights. The Three B’s, Jones, Zink and Sammartino brought verve to the high energy “Some Kinda Time” and “We Three Bees.”


Jones and Evans demonstrated a strong affinity in “Come to a Party” and Evans had a superb solo in “Nothing Short of Wonderful.” After Marcy’s fight with Boland over how much she would get paid to participate in the dog fight, Templeton bit off the bitter lyrics of “It’s A Dogfight” with a peculiar lost-girl malice.


Jones and Evans made musical magic again, with beautiful harmonizing, in “First Date, Last Night.” Zink and Sammartino portrayed the exuberance of brash, young Marines in “Hometown Hero’s Ticker Tape Parade.” Evans excelled in the ballad-like “Before It’s Over” and with the help of the Ensemble, in “Give Way.


Read the entire review here: http://dcmetrotheaterarts.com/2017/03/12/review-dogfight-rockville-musical-theatre-arts-green1/

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