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[THEATER PREVIEW] Party Come Here at WTF

Party Come Here

(Nikos Stage, Williamstown, Mass.; 172 seats; $39 top)


A Williamstown Theater Festival presentation of a musical in two acts with book by Daniel Goldfarb, music and lyrics by David Kirshenbaum. Directed by Christopher Ashley. Musical director, Vadim Feichtner. Choreography, Dan Knechtges.

Jack - Hunter Foster
Liberty - Kaitlin Hopkins
Wood - Adam Heller
Kate - Kate Reinders
Volere - Chauntee Schuler
Orlando - Malcolm Gets

If you're aiming to have a swell party, it's best to have a smart theme, appealing people and tasty goodies -- all of which are lacking in the nervy, nasty and not-very-much-fun new musical "Party Come Here," premiering at the Williamstown Theater Festival.

The guest list for the production seems promising: performers Hunter Foster, Malcolm Gets, Kaitlin Hopkins and Kate Reinders; a talented composer (David Kirshenbaum); and a hot helmer fresh from spinning unlikely source material into theatrical gold (Christopher Ashley, who staged Broadway's "Xanadu").

But "Party Come Here" is an unlikable, schizophrenic mess. Book writer Daniel Goldfarb ("Modern Orthodox") creates two disjointed, dispiriting storylines in a production that strains to be bright and funny but is neither.

Story centers on nebbishy Jack (Foster) who, somewhat improbably, is about to marry beautiful, Ayn Rand-loving Kate (Reinders). She pulls out of the wedding before the final pronouncement, not because she suddenly realizes she has nothing in common with her almost-mate but rather because she feels compelled to fly down to Rio to meet his father (Adam Heller), who abandoned the family years ago.

Once there Kate is immediately attracted to his gilt-encrusted, guilt-free life, which he shares with his Brazilian trophy wife, Volere (Chauntee Schuler).

When Volere and Jack discover dad and his future daughter-in-law in flagrante delicto, Volere summons help from Jesus -- as well as Jack's dry, self-obsessed Mom (Hopkins), who jets down from New York. The crisis also sends Jack back to the caves of Rio, where he had previously met (don't ask) a hermit named Orlando (Gets), a 500-year-old Jew hiding from what he views as an anti-Semitic world.


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