Blue Heron Theatre Company Succeeds in Scratching “The Seven Year Itch”

Reviewed by Matt Bach

A fallen tomato plant and a bottle of champagne. A middle-aged man home alone while his wife and daughter are away on vacation. A beautiful young temptress.

And there you have all the key elements of the Blue Heron Theatre Company’s production of George Axelrod’s romantic comedy The Seven Year Itch. The show opened Thursday, July 21, and continues this weekend and next. Show times are 7:30 p.m. July 22 & 23, and July 28, 29 and 30 and at 2 p.m. July 24 and July 30 at the Richter Campus Auditorium in Holly.

Holly natives Gabrielle Disbrow and Nick Remesz star in the Blue Heron production of "The Seven Year Itch."

The big screen version of course had Marilyn Monroe and the now iconic image of her white dress blowing over a subway grate. In this show there is a white dress, but Director Joe Mishler explained there are few other similarities between the big screen version and this theatrical version. Holly High School graduate Gabrielle Disbrow plays “the girl” with tremendous zest and appeal. Disbrow does an excellent job portraying the free-spirited “girl” and her characterization is reminiscent of the high-pitched, fast-talking actresses of the 1940s and ‘50s.

While the pace of the show could be a bit quicker, particularly in the first act, overall it’s a quality production with strong performances by all members of the cast that includes Kortnee Henski who plays Richard’s wife; Justin Tomlin, as Tom, a friend of the family; and Matthew Semrau as Dr. Brubaker. Other cast members are Richard’s conscience played by Jerry Giammarco, and the Girl’s conscience by Elena Danishevskaya (whose daytime job is as Holly’s Police Chief). Other parts are played by Rosemary Hall and Beth Egan Deguise, who is also the stage manager. Olivia Dunbar plays Rebecca, Richard’s daughter. The baseball announcer is Mike Cavin. The impressive set was constructed by Tom Bovee and was dressed by Jo Grossman.  Karen Dobson is assistant director.

The Richter Theatre Campus is located at 920 E. Baird in Holly. For reservations call 810-931-7108. Tickets can also be purchased at the door or at My Sweet Holly located in downtown Holly. Ticket prices are $10 for adults; $8 for seniors and students.

Other articles about this play also appear in the Oakland Press, The Holly Express, Blue Heron’s website, and the Flint Journal/Fenton Press. Read a preview of the play by flintstages.wordpress.com.

View and download additional photos from this play here on flickr (http://www.flickr.com/photos/flintcvb/sets/72157627252199440/).

 

 

 

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