Review On Nine

Thomas deMartino

Thomas deMartino

Registered Critic

One More Productions is celebrating its 15th year, and this showing features some of the finest actresses who have graced the Gem Theater stage in those years, coming together for a spectacle unlike any other: a story of ego and art; love and lust; of devotion, of obsession… of madness.

There's so much to unpack in this story, so many themes to leave the viewer mulling over at its conclusion: what women represent to men — their flesh-and-blood reality and needs, as opposed to the idealized pillar upon which they are frequently shackled; the nature of art, and the price of its creation upon its creator – the sacrifice the artist must make of themselves for it; how childhood events often shape… even concrete… our worldview for years to come, if not the entirety of our lives; and how culture can influence our perspective of sexuality and identity.

The 22-piece orchestra, in tandem with the stunning vocal prowess of the nearly two dozen women of the cast, create a haunting, yet energetic and breathtaking atmosphere. The opening number itself (“Overture”) sets the mood, with the entirety of the ladies singing in sonorous unison, as they surround the director, reflecting degrees of the real women of his life and his conception of them:
"I am not a child!” he stubbornly asserts, “I am a mature –” His protests are drowned out by the raucous laughter of the ensemble.

Thomas deMartino
Theater critic for The Orange County Tribune. Film enthusiast and recovering comic book collector, engaging in snarky commentary and punditry. Spends free time video gaming and competitive light saber fighting. Yes, seriously.