Through March 19
TELL ME ON A SUNDAY Daemen College/MusicalFare Theatre
Sometimes romance doesn’t go well, whether after marriage or before.
We’ve all heard stories.
Andrew Lloyd Webber and Don Black’s “Tell Me on a Sunday” is about a Brit who has terrible luck with romance after leaving her family in North London’s Muswell Hill.
She’s seeking love in Manhattan and then Beverly Hills and then back to New York and again in New York.
Obviously with Lloyd Webber involved, this is musical.
What’s different is that this is a one woman show, here Leah Berst, with a wonderful voice.
There’s also an understudy, Maria Pedro, recognizing the threat of disease in these times.
Berst sings her way through her hour-and-a-half story, “Let Me Finish,” “Capped Teeth and Caesar Salad,” “Tell Me on a Sunday” or, “It’s Not the End of the World (If He’s Married).”
As you can see, life has problems, not bound by geography.
To go with the one performer, Director Doug Weyand has a six-musician band which works well with Berst.
To make that one-performer show more than just someone on stage singing, Chris Cavanagh has contributed set, lighting, projection and sound design, with constantly shifting display panels.
It’s theater becoming ever more electronic and effective in telling stories.
This is all intricately staged, because Berst obviously needs a few breaks and opportunities to change the Kari Drozd-designed costumes.
It’s all crazy because life shouldn’t have this many things go bad, as Berst’s character occasionally emails Mom back in London about how things are going well and going badly.
This show was clearly written for phone calls and letters, here superseded by cell phone and laptop.
The cast is clearly looking for a good life, with revolving romance, noted as “Dreams Never Run on Time.”
She never gives up.
“Tell Me on a Sunday” is entertaining, well done and really worth seeing.
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