|Rachael Hip-Flores, Kristen Vaughan |
Photo: Isaiah Tanenbaum
Palmer is lucky enough to have Kristen Vaughan in the cast as an imperious yet nervous woman with secrets, since Vaughan is never less than fascinating. Whatever the famous "it" is, Vaughan's got it, and then some. Brian Silliman brings wry dimensions to potentially flat characters, and Arthur Aulisi charms as the vague, lovable man of the house (straightforwardly named Mr. Wright). On the other hand, Hip-Flores and Uche are unfortunately not able to overcome the dullness of their characters, making them neither fully human nor fully fairy tale characters. When they reach their happy ending, it's hard to care.
This may sound trivial, but I do want to mention that Once Upon A Bride There Was A Forest features the most convincing crying infant I have ever seen/heard on a stage. There was a genuine sense of a real little person in the swaddling.
(press ticket; sixth row)