Review On The Producers


Thomas deMartino

Thomas deMartino

Registered Critic


Every single player, from Harper's comic Nazi sympathizer-turned-spirited playwright Franz, to Perry's playful, seductive, yet vaguely innocent Ulla, to Edward and Crisafulli's precocious De Bris and Ghia — whose characters could be over-the-top caricature, yet come across as lovely, engaging, and passionate about their art – inhabit and breathe comic authenticity into their roles … But it's Bodrero and Lorton who truly knock it out of the park. Bodrero's Leo Bloom has vague shades of his recent neurotic “Bullets” scribe, but is considerably more fully realized — with his errant dreams of being a Broadway producer that his new friend and partner inspires him to grab and make his own. Tunes like “I Wanna Be A Producer.” “We Can Do It” and “That Face” showcase both his acting and considerable vocal talents. Lorton though … absolutely owns the role of Max Bialystock. After seeing this show, some audience members might ask themselves why they so rarely see him upon the stage, versus behind the scenes as director of so many of the Gem's productions. His comic timing and pacing is sublime, the breaking of the fourth wall and periodic meta references are inspired (somebody get that man a cocktail!) and his song-and-dance is on par with any player whom audiences have seen strut across that stage. It's a masterpiece of slapstick and satire, with phenomenal staging and performances by some of the best actors that the Gem has to offer. If there is a must-see in this 2018 season from One More Productions, “The Producers” is indubitably the one to watch.

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.