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REVIEW: 'My Fair Lady' at Village Theatre

'Move your bloomin' arse!': Allison Standley, Priscilla Hake Lauris and Mark Anders in 'My Fair Lady.'
— image credit: Tracy Martin

Not much can be said about musical theater staple My Fair Lady that hasn’t been said already, except that it stands as enduring proof that good comedy burns eternal.

So it’s a good thing that Village Theatre has delivered a cast that can tend the flame with wit, energy and rat-a-tat comic timing. Allison Standley proves herself an expert chameleon as Eliza Doolittle, the uncultured Cockney flower girl who is transformed into an honorary member of the British gentry by phoneticist Henry Higgins (Mark Anders). Anders plays condescending and unlikeable well, which is great for his comic back-and-forth with Standley, but an unfortunate hindrance when the story calls for him to become an object of sympathy and (less believably) affection.

Given that this is a show about the divisive nuances of British accents, Village’s production starts out feeling a bit inaccessible to Lady newbies, like this writer. In other words, the cast hits the  accents hard — it’s difficult to tune your ear to it at first, but no more so than your standard episode of BBC Sherlock. Stick it out and you’ll be well rewarded.

When: Through January 3
Where: Francis J. Gaudette Theatre, 303 Front St. N., Issaquah

 

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