|photo courtesy of Russ Rowland|
The Gig employs a top notch cast led by Larry Cahn as Marty, Doug Eskew as Marshall, and Nick Gaswirth as Arthur. Their conviction and passion for their characters were lovely to watch. Kate Fahrner and Gaswirth had wonderful chemistry during their budding romance, yet the plotline still felt out of place, halting the main story. Stephen Berger as sleazy resort owner Abe and Donna Vivino as has been diva Miss Ricki Valentine added the right amount of hilarity to the mix.
Led by NYMF directing veteran Igor Goldin, the overall production served the venue magnificently. The simplicity in staging and design was cohesive, allowing the audience to tap into their imagination. Yet, the theatricality of no instruments is clever musically, showcasing Cohen and the casts skills, but for a musical about men who dream of playing music, you kind of miss seeing the instruments.
The Gig has a great universal theme but it doesn’t quite translate to all audiences the way it wants to. The weight and gravity play an important aspect in the characters’ lives but with too many plotlines to follow, the stakes are lowered. Cohen’s music is truly the selling point of this show.