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Sooner Theatre opens season with 'Man of La Mancha'

The popular musical “Man of La Mancha” opens the Sooner Theatre's 2012-13 season.
BY JOHN BRANDENBURG Modified: October 2, 2012 at 4:56 pm •  Published: October 3, 2012

Good, too, were Anna LeFlore as the niece, and Catherine Etter as the housekeeper, threatened by Quixote's illusions, but insisting that “I'm Only Thinking of Him” in a catchy comic number. Also joining them in this ironic segment was Sam Briggs, who had a good voice and good intentions as the Padre, and Mitchell Reid, as the niece's intellectually pretentious fiance, Dr. Carrasco.

Reid had some more memorable moments when he attempted to “cure” Don Quixote as another “knight,” wearing bright reflecting armor.

More excellent support came from Michael Hardwick in a dual role as the “governor” of the prisoners conducting the trial, and as the innkeeper, dubbing Quixote an official knight in robust, humorous fashion.

Connor Marshall was delightful as a barber whose shaving basin-hat is mistaken for a magic helmet, and Tracy Stewart was appropriately heavy-handed and threatening as the head muleteer.

Written by Dale Wasserman, with music by Mitch Leigh and lyrics by Joe Darion, the production lasted a little over two hours, with no intermission, but often made time seem to fly for the audience.

Directed by Chad Anderson, with a 14-member live pit band under the musical direction of Les Downs, it is highly recommended in its remaining performances.

— John Brandenburg

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