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IT SHOULDA BEEN YOU O'Connell & Company/Park School
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Feb 10, 2017, 18:38
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Through February 26
IT SHOULDA BEEN YOU O’Connell & Company/Park School

Doesn’t everyone have a story about weddings?
Some are certainly funny and some are tragic and some probably prefigure the whispered stories about a young marriage falling apart.
Some marriages look doomed from the start and aren’t.
Some are.
There are also the endless conflicts between parents, possibly complicated if there are Exes involved.
Some marriages look good.
Certainly, the marriage of Rebecca Steinberg (Heather Reed) and Brian Howard (Adam Hayes) looks good, with the support of best man Greg Madison (Matthew Mooney) and maid of honor Annie Sheps (Rebecca Runge) to keep them together through the wedding and later.
Sister Jenny Steinberg (Sára Kovácsi) and Albert the wedding planner (Joey Bucheker) are there to make the wedding go off on schedule and on plan.
That’s despite the chronic intervention of Marty Kaufman (Dan Urtz) who was in love with Rebecca and is actually in love with Jenny since they were kids together.
The biggest problem is the parents in “It Shoulda Been You.”
The Steinberg Jewish side and the goyim Howard side are in a power struggle, with two Momzillas involved, Pamela Rose Mangus’ Judy Steinberg and Mary Kate O’Connell’s Georgette Howard.
Dads George Howard (Todd Fuller) and Murray Steinberg (Bill Group) are just along for the ride.
The ultimately redeemed story is Jenny, turning into a spinster because she’s still single, who is running the wedding when she would like her own, as in “It Shoulda Been You,” from her family.
There’s actually a lot going on, few realize until after the actual wedding.
Before that, Jenny and Albert deal with cold feet, religious differences and a lot of constantly-changing issues and a lot of reversals.
“It Shoulda” was written by Brian Hargrove and Barbara Anselmi, with a string of others writing some songs, to Hargrove’s music.
This isn’t a great show because you don’t leave the auditorium whistling the songs, but it’s getting a strong production under strong direction from Roger Paolini, with Susan Shaw’s musical direction.
Bucheker contributed the choreography.
Paul Bostaph did the minimalist set.
Besides the family’s “It Shoulda,” strong numbers include Kovácsi and Reed’s “Perfect,” O’Connell’s “Where Did I Go Wrong,” Bucheker and the cast with “Albert’s Turn” and Mangus with “A Little Bit Less Than.”
Besides Kovácsi’s Jenny, there are strong performances from Mangus, O’Connell, Bucheker and Group.
“It Shoulda Been You” is entertainment, not great entertainment but worth seeing.

A.W.

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