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REVIEW: 'Guys and Dolls' not a gamble, but a sure hit

The season at the Mitchell Area Community Theatre winds up with the musical "Guys and Dolls." This show revolves around the proverbial "boy likes girl, girl plays hard to get" theory.

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Brooke DeJong, left, as Adelaide, and Steve Morgan as Nathan Detroit rehearse a scene from the Mitchell Area Community Theatre production "Guys and Dolls." The show will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Pepsi-Cola Theatre for the Performing Arts. (Jennifer Jungwirth/Republic)

The season at the Mitchell Area Community Theatre winds up with the musical "Guys and Dolls." This show revolves around the proverbial "boy likes girl, girl plays hard to get" theory.

The show runs a final weekend at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Pepsi-Cola Theatre for the Performing Arts. Tickets are available at the Antique Mall, 412 N. Main St. or by calling 996-1948. Prices are $12 and $14 dollars; all seating is reserved.

Set in New York City, at approximately 1950, the story delves into the lives of gangsters, gamblers, call girls, and missionaries. Upon a bet, Sky Masterson must win the affections of Sarah Brown and take her to Cuba. This will secure the monies necessary for Nathan Detroit to accomplish his goal: an elaborate craps game. Nathan is pursued by his fiancé of several years, Hot Box singer Miss Adelaide, and he tries to scurry from any commitment other than lining his pockets.

Brad Berens as Sky Masterson, and Steve Morgan as Nathan Detroit give a convincing characterization throughout the show. Morgan has genius comic timing, and with his girlfriend, played by Brooke DeJong, he is the nervous and skitterish gambler. Miss Adelaide, played by Brooke DeJong is a joy to watch as she maneuvers through her neediness for a husband and secure lifestyle. Devin Carey, as Benny, provides the comic relief of the gambler/hustler who is not the brightest crayon in the box, but loveable to a tee. Devin's choreography is evident in places throughout the show where the street and the feet meet with a magical flair. Brett Farnham, as Nicely-Nicely, steals the second act with his rendition along with the cast in "Sit Down, You're Rockin the Boat." His comical flair and his neer do well manners, make him believable as a carefree hustler with a good heart. The character of Sarah Brown, played by cast member Jessica Baas, was the epitome of the woman who needs to save as many lost souls as she can to feel worthy in life. The Hot Box Girls were spot on with their sultry but cutesy mannerisms. And let's not forget Bob Way with his comical yet threatening presence as the gangster Big Jule. There are many cast members in this production, all of whom bind together as one to provide the audience with amazing entertainment.

Now this reviewer experienced the production on opening night, whereby the only fault lies in the timing. This show should run approximately 1 ¾ hours with intermission. But, Friday's performance was at a lengthy three hours. However, the acting, music, costumes, set, and choreography left you wanting more of the atmosphere and characters of the time period.

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If you wish to be entertained this upcoming weekend with a show that will put a spring in your step, join the cast and crew, directed by Cheri Hamilton, at Mitchell Area Community Theatre where Guys and Dolls will be showing.

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