Concept Players present Company

Music & Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim

Book by George Furth


NODA Review by Frank Wooles

Peripatetic players, Concept, visited the Paget Rooms, Penarth, in October with their autumn tour production of Stephen Sondheim's difficult and demanding musical, Company. And made it look easy. It is one of Sondheim's more accessible shows with a light simple storyline and a terrific punchy score.

Robert is a very eligible bachelor of thirty-five and not short of delectable girl-friends, but under the pressure from his married friends to marry and settle down. It bristles with sharp funny one-liners and big numbers with lyrics that demand you listen to every word.

 Just one mention; the pivotal role of Robert, smoothly played with warmth and charm by Simon Riordan, who held the stage in a relaxed manner and with a clear, easy delivery of his numbers. With such an experienced and talented cast it would be invidious of me to mention any further individuals. All performed with style and character and, vocally setting an enviable high standard individually, coming together in complex production numbers as an ensemble in demanding routines. Interesting, exciting choreography devised by Richard Thomas. Production by Ruairidh Macleod-Lyon, was a delicious martini, stirred with wit and sparkle complimented by a great little band under the precise baton of Jo Herco.

Staging designed and built by Concept, was simple, effective and attractive and with good lighting and dressing was very much New York.

Altogether the evening was a Sondheim delight and a Concept triumph. It was a joy to be in your Company.


Originally published Spring 2011



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