They were patient, loving, encouraging. They may not even know, but they were everything I could have asked for in a cast-church-family.
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So, I write this long rant to say this (because the mama bear in me has to): Every single woman that inhabits the Marriott Theatre during this run is PERFECT and REAL.
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Kicking off year three with a pre-opening night extension of a proven hit bodes well for this prediction’s accuracy. That’s particularly true in the wake of recent abrupt closures of other shows (Helldrivers of Daytona, The Bardy Bunch) and companies (Musically Human Theatre and, apparently, Lake Forest Theatre).
Sometimes, though, we shed light on a stinker and encourage discerning patrons to spend their entertainment budgets elsewhere. When this happens, the reasoning is typically found within the show itself rather than with the performers onstage. But regardless, our writers’ guidelines explicitly state: “It’s ok to be less than enthusiastic about a show; that said, we do not trash individuals.