Whereas the musically rich but narratively trite Handel original is about the triumph of virtue, innocence and love, this production is about the dismissal of women’s’ agency.
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To be fair, Mamma Mia! has more than its fair share of rabid fans, some of whom will travel great distance to see any professional production like an Iowa Hawkeyes football fan to the sideline of of a Dec. 28 bowl game in some God-forsaken Texas town.
Theater at the Center’s Million Dollar Quartet is filled with energetic spunk and endearing camp that is sure to enliven audiences with nostalgic hits from yesteryear.
In Ron OJ Parson’s dynamic production of this excellent play with sung music at Writers Theatre, everything is in its proper place and feels like pure perfection.
Special mention goes to the scenic design of Riccardo Hernandez. Rather than becoming indulgent with the aesthetic of the setting, Hernandez makes marvelous use of the negative space, constantly reminding the audience of the character’s internal isolation.