The Evolution of Mann
By Andrew Andrews
When it comes to romantic attraction,
It’s often said that straight men are attracted to women who
That certainly seems the case for Henry Mann (Max Crumm).
In Douglas J. Cohen and Dan Elish’s new musical, The Evolution of Mann, we get to follow Henry through a progression of relationships that never turn out quite the way he
With the help of his best friend and roommate Gwen
Accompanied by timely projections (Nathan Scheuer) setting the scene on an artfully minimalist, runway-style set (Libby Stadstad), Henry, Gwen and his love interests take us on a
Even if you were to take their fun, quirky delivery of songs like The Year of the Weddings, The Tale of the Otter and It’s Only a First Date out of the equation, the cast would deserve a round of applause for their stamina alone: Crumm barely leaves the stage for more than a moment, Hiatt plays a multitude of incidental characters when she’s not in the role of Gwen, and Trimm takes the cake for maintaining her impeccable vocals despite constant, split-second costume changes, alternating between love interests so frequently that one of the transitions must happen (and does so gracefully)
With a live band (Tomoya Aomori, Darren Lucas and Vadim Feichtner) as relentless as the cast, director Joe Barros ensures there’s never a dull moment in this “real hard” comedic love story, complete with perfect costumes (Siena Zoë Allen) and a dynamic, contemporary acrylic chandelier (Chris Steckel) that you can
If you like a good musical, or a fun romantic comedy, this is one production worth
So treat yourself to
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Andrew Andrews attended The Evolution of Mann at Nancy Manocherian's The Cell in Manhattan on Saturday, October 6, 2018 @ 8:00pm to write this review.
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