This `Mame' is much too tame a dame

Big cast and high-kicking numbers aside, Kennedy Center show, and star Christine Baranski, could stand to grab a little more gusto

Theater Review

June 04, 2006|By J. WYNN ROUSUCK | J. WYNN ROUSUCK,SUN THEATER CRITIC

"Open a new window" is the guiding philosophy of free-spirited Mame in the musical that bears her name. But that philosophy doesn't fully apply to the new revival at Washington's Kennedy Center.

Large in scale (the cast numbers more than 30) and stylish in design (with Art Deco-flavored sets by Walt Spangler and 250 sparkling costumes by Gregg Barnes), director Eric Schaeffer's Mame is more of a reverential retelling than an inspired reinterpretation of the 1966 musical.

MAME / / Through July 2 -- Kennedy Center, Virginia and New Hampshire avenues, N.W., Washington -- 800-444-1324

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