ArtBeat
Presents:
Quality Performances Off The Beaten Track
Ain't Misbehavin'
-- the Tony Award Winning Musical
REVIEWS
"The opening night audience knocked the roof off with cheers”
William Glover in the Associated Press

Time Magazine called it
,
“A Stompin’, Struttin’, High Hattin’ Smash”

Clive Barnes predicted  Ain’t Misbehavin’ would be--
“A joyous celebration that is going to cross the world.
That time is now, with this exciting new production."

Ain’t Misbehavin’ has a first act that will knock your ears off
and a second that will come back for the rest of you.”
                                                Walter Kerr of the New York Times
from ---Centerstage, Florence, Oregon.
" the forest rocked and the ocean rolled in spectacular frenzy that
night, it was neither and earthquake nor a tsunami. It was a
Broadway show exploding with music and laughter, high voltage
electricity, and dazzling showmanship the like of which this sleepy
coastal town has not seen before.
"Six extraordinary gifted performers captured the hearts of not one
but two nearly full houses almost back to back. Because of the
demand for tickets, the Events Center, with the gracious
acquiescence of the cast, offered two shows, one at 5 pm and one at
7:30 pm. The theater was truly like Broadway and 42nd Street, with
crowds coming and going, people exchanging thrilling comments
about what they’d seen and were expecting to see. It was social
event, not unlike that portrayed on stage.
"From the opening title song to the grand finale, ending with a
reprise of that perennial favorite, “Honeysuckle Rose,” the two hours
flew with music and bawdy laughter. "
    
                                              
---Centerstage, Florence, Oregon.
from --Seattle, WA
"You may never find a production as participatory, as broad and
bawdy, as energetically in your face, as (this) one.
"Jett and her cohorts attack this material with both barrels blazing.  
On the narrow Jazz Alley stage, with one (erratic) spotlight, and a single
piano for back-up, they sing, they stomp, they shout, sweat, shimmy,
mug and bump-and-grind.
"And, as if that weren’t sufficient, they occasionally pull unsuspecting
patrons into the act.  (If chosen, be prepared for some lusty antics.)        
"This hard-working troupe … seem(s) willing to do just about anything to
keep the joint jumping."
                           ---Misha Berson, Seattle Times, June 1997.
the HawksNest


A Journey through the Fats Waller Songbook
Reviews of Irving Street Repertory’s Production:
from--- Seattle,  WA
"While I have found some productions of Ain’t Misbehavin’
offensive because Waller’s music is portrayed so lightly and the
characters are stereotypical, this one feels more genuine.

"It may be the moving version of “Black and Blue’ that balances
out  the  fluff.   The cast forms a tableau for the tune, gathered as
if for a family portrait of the African American experience. They
sing it simply and straightforward, letting it tell the other side of
Waller’s life."              
                                 ----Roberta Penn, Seattle Post Intelligencer
1