The Old Joint Stock Theatre's cosy and intimate space has yet again provided the perfect setting for their latest venture, tick, tick...BOOM. Performed in memory of Jonathan Larson, 20 years since his passing, the group of professional actors only entered into rehearsals at the beginning of the week. If this is what they can achieve in one week, I can only wonder what they could produce in a month. The delivery was on point, with all three actors an absolute delight to watch.
The beauty of this theatre space means you are enthralled from the beginning and feel thoroughly part of the action. Joshua Dowen was charming and endearing as Jon, the aspiring composer, desperate for his big break. As he is fast approaching the age of 30, he hopes that his latest creation 'Superbia' will earn him a slot on Broadway. Dowen's superb voice coupled with his effortless performance shone, particularly in the emotion-fuelled number Why.
Jon's girlfriend Susan and best friend Michael were played exceptionally well by Jessica Singer and Rhys Owen. Both Singer and Owen took on a number of additional roles throughout, from Jon's Mum & Dad, to his agent who hasn't called for 6 months, each were hilariously executed. Owen was superb, stealing many a laugh from the audience and utterly compelling throughout and Singer's charismatic performance, plus her excellent voice made for a truly memorable show.
As a trio they were formidable, with crisp vocal harmonies that were a joy to the ears. The comical duets Therapy and No More were particular highlights and juxtaposed to the raw, emotional numbers See Her Smile and Come To Your Senses.
Under the direction of Adam Lacey and musical direction of Jack Hopkins, in just a week they have created a marvellous piece of theatre that is both touching, heart-warming and hopeful. A brilliant show to commemorate Jonathan Larson's life and a credit to the Old Joint Stock Theatre.
tick, tick...BOOM runs at the Old Joint Stock Theatre until 30 January.
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