Returning to your hometown can be a strange feeling. Familiar haunts can feel alien with a little bit of distance, and routines that were once comforting can feel awkward, sometimes even hostile. It’s something that anyone who’s left the relatively comfortable confines of their hometown for wider pastures can attest to; that strange mix of the comfortable and the uncanny.
Even in the best of circumstances, dating can present a shifting minefield of opportunity. The guy from the coffee house seems smart and kind, then you discover he has a room dedicated to his antique baby doll collection. The woman your friend said was a “10” makes you laugh within 10 seconds, then before the end of your first date she asks for her own set of keys to your apartment.
On the surface, Stephen Sachs’ BAKERSFIELD MIST explores the artistic first impression—the “blink”, as Mike Nussbaum’s art scholar Lionel Percy calls it, or the moment when we experience the art before we’re able to come to judgment.
As the secretary and wannabe stage actor Ulla sings in THE PRODUCERS, when you got it, flaunt it. And Mercury Theater’s production definitely got it.
In Donica Lynn, Porchlight’s DREAMGIRLS has certainly found its own star. Lynn sings the hell out of the famous Act One showstopper “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going.”