With a minimum of props and costumes the Olathe Civic Theatre maximized the fun, with Company the first show of the 2013-14 season. The play is from the book by George Furth with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and directed by Jason Coats. Company opened on Broadway in April of 1970 and ran for 690 performances before closing in January of 1972.
Ken Koval plays Robert the 35 year-old bachelor that the production is centered around. Robert is highly thought of by the five married couples that he hangs out with. Those couples all want to see him get married and he isn’t sure that is what he needs. Koval does a good job with the songs, but occasionally fell slightly flat on some of the notes
The humor is abundant from the short vignettes involving the relationships of the couples. One of the funniest is a piece with Koval, John Edmonds as David and Erica Baruth who plays David’s wife Jenny. The three are hanging out and have gotten themselves stoned. The interaction of the three is hilarious and worth the price of admission on its own.
Edmonds and Baruth not only have fantastic comedic sense, they also had the two best voices in the production. Edmonds has one of the best male voices in Kansas City and is a member of the Heartland Men’s Chorus and the Heartaches and is frequently featured in solos in their performances. Baruth has a beautiful operatic voice and was a delight to listen to. She has previously been seen at the Jewish Community Center’s White Theatre productions.
Rachel Adcock plays Amy who is supposed to get married during the play. She sings with Paul, played by Brad Light and Jenny played by Barth, “Not Getting Married Today”. It is evident that Adcock has a grand voice, but the song is so fast it is hard to understand what the words are. The only problem with Adcock’s singing is we didn’t hear enough of it.
This show, though a little long in the first act, is an excellent way to begin the theatrical season for the community theater. Company runs through September 22. The next production for Olathe Civic Theatre will be A Piece of My Heart written by Shirley Lauro and directed by Betsy Sexton in October.