`Guys and Dolls' will open tomorrow at playhouse

2nd Star Productions' run lasts through June

May 30, 2002|By Mary Johnson | Mary Johnson,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

"Where's the action? Where's the game?"

The answer to these questions can be found beginning tomorrow in 2nd Star Productions' version of the venerable Guys and Dolls. Once again, we can spend an evening with Nicely-Nicely Johnson, Nathan Detroit and other Damon Runyon characters, quintessential New Yorkers who not only survived but thrived in the city that didn't sleep even a half-century ago.

Jane B. Wingard and John P. Guyton are directing the production, which runs for the next month at Bowie Playhouse in Whitemarsh Park.

"This is a show that lends itself to bold and brassy interpretations," Wingard said, referring to the classic story of gamblers such as Sky Masterson and dolls from the Hot Box Club. "Jonathan Glickman puts plenty of brass into his Nathan Detroit."

Andrew Baughman plays Sky; Nori Morton plays Nathan's longtime fiancee, Miss Adelaide; and Sheri Kuznicki portrays Sarah Brown, the role played by Jean Simmons in the movie version of the play. Patrick Bangs plays Nicely-Nicely Johnson, Jim Reiter plays Benny Southstreet, Dave O'Brien is Big Jule, Michael Rease plays Harry the Horse and Doug Dawson plays Rusty Charlie.

Working to save their souls will be Katherine Sears as Gen. Cartwright and Kevin Buter as Brother Arvide Abernathy. Missionaries include Mandy Wilson, Heidi Toll, Lydia Gonzales and Lynne Wilson. Anne Staunton, Nicole Dziduch, Chandra Albritton, Hana Thornhill, Cassia Martens, Leslie Rauch and Tanya Swire play the Hot Box girls.

The backstage cast includes artist Lynne Wilson, who was responsible for the sets, and music director Donald K. Smith, who leads a big band primarily made up of brass. Choreographer Vicki Smith is putting the Hot Box girls through their paces.

"Directing is 90 percent doing the casting work," Wingard said. "This is such an excellent cast that I'm letting them go. I'm doing the staging, but their talent is so immense that I can absolutely count on it and their experience."

Performances are scheduled at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and at 3 p.m. Sundays through June 29 at Bowie Playhouse in Whitemarsh Park, half a mile from the Anne Arundel County border on Route 3.

Reservations: 410-757-5593 or 301-858-7245.

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