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Tighter focus ‘Fair Lady’ can still be ‘Loverly’

Two pianos and a cast of eight tell ‘Enry ‘Iggins to ‘Just you wait!’

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“My Fair Lady” rams a jackhammer into class distinction — is there really that much of one between enormous egos of Alfred Doolittle and Henry Higgins? — in a musically immortal way. The Gulfshore Playhouse production proves it can be done with talent as effectively as with numbers.

Gulfshore Playhouse has set out to do what no theater has apparently done since the 1960s: Distill the Lerner & Loewe classic, “My Fair Lady” into a 10-person cast with two pianos, rather than full orchestra, behind it.

And yet, sweetened condensed musical is not the target of Gulfshore Founder-Artistic Director Kristen Coury and this work’s creative team. What they are hoping with the production is to, in effect, reconstitute the musical’s scope by imaginative staging, floor-filling choreography and a multi-role cast that doubles as its percussion section.

Harriet Howard Heithaus
Naples Daily News

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