Brian Miller's minimalist set design proves that less
is indeed more in this production. Miller's lighting
is fine here and even provides a nice 'chase' around the proscenium for "Dolly." The stage is bare except for a
gorgeous grand piano and drums, which accompany the actors. Trent Hines is a magician of a pianist and provides
a thoroughly enjoyable accompaniment. Chris Gottlieb keeps the beat lively on drums. Director Payne's use of a scrim
to punctuate some of the numbers with surprising and amusing visuals works well.
- David Marlowe, Denver Out Front
For Spotlight’s first musical, they wisely chose to
go with this musical revue – allowing the simplicity
and elegance speak for itself. Some 40-plus songs are brought to life on the intimate John Hand stage,
from short clips to full numbers, and they are strung together with some loose themes and scene work.
Act two starts off strong with a fun look at classic movies (with some impressive lighting tricks from Brian Miller)
and the song "Movies Were Movies" also from Mack and Mabel. The simple set gives that cabaret feel, but has
some surprises hidden within that can still deliver some fun glitz and glamour to the evening. Pat Payne knows how to
deliver a musical – and he also knows how to end a show, for you are sure to leave with a smile on your face.
- Deb Flomberg, Denver Theater Examiner