‘Scoundrels’ scores at 6th St. Playhouse
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By Don Gibble  April 11, 2014 12:00 am

The recent trend on Broadway is to turn hit movies into musicals. “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” was an amazing movie. Who doesn’t love Steve Martin?

Now it’s a fun musical, and 6th Street Playhouse just opened it last weekend. This show is so much fun, and the cast is amazing. The scenic design by Jesse Dreikosen is elegant, and you really think you are in the French Riviera. The costumes are right-on, thanks to Barb Beatie.

Barry Martin plays Lawrence Jameson, a suave con artist who poses as a deposed European prince in order to woo the hearts and wallets of bored heiresses and lonely divorcees.

The ladies are so enamored with Lawrence’s style that they’re almost too willing to be taken for a ride. Lawrence insists he’s merely giving them what they want – romance, intrigue and a liaison with an exotic stranger. Into this high class world stumbles Freddy Benson, played by Rob Broadhurst, a scruffy American who sticks out like a sparrow among peacocks but who has a knack for spinning sob stories about sick grandmothers and conning strangers out of cash. But when he sees Lawrence’s palatial home, he decides that he wants a bit of this swank for himself and begs Lawrence to take him on as a pupil.

Lawrence reluctantly agrees, but the two egos soon start to clash, and a wager is formed – first to con $50,000 out of a specific mark wins, and the loser leaves town. The men select cheerful, klutzy “soap queen” Christine Colgate, played by the awesome Taylor Bartolucci DeGuilio, as the prize, and the game is afoot.

In the end, “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” like its central characters, is giving people what they want: an entertaining time at the theater. Craig A. Miller directs this show flawlessly and has a knack for his amazing casting.

Tickets for the show range from $25-$35. The show runs  through April 13. For more information you can go to www.6thstreetplayhouse.com or call (707) 523-4185. The theater is located at 52 W. Sixth St. in Santa Rosa.

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