BWW Reviews: Colony Offers Rollicking Dames at Sea
Bernadette Peters became a star in the 60s playing Ruby, a smalltown Utah girl who longs to make it on the Great White Way. Most productions try to copy her look with the spit-curled blonde wig, but here it's pleasantly different. Tessa Grady has a fuller figure andbrunette curly wig, but she's still so genuine, you could just spit. Her love interest Dick, played earnestly by Jeffrey Scott Parsons, also unbelievably from Centerville, Utah does what he has to do to sell his musical tunes as an unknown composer, but keeps his romantic eye riveted to Ruby. It's not easy with splashy, saavy Mona Kent (Heather Ayers) sexily breathing down your neck, but magically Dick stays faithful. Ah, the good old days! There is nothing like 30s plots or lack thereof to keep the show moving with scandals and blemishes securely under wraps.
This is a fine production of Dames at Sea. We're not on Broadway and we're not seeing Sutton Foster, so let's be happy and relish the talent that the show offers us. It's indeed a pleasurable evening, meant mostly for theatre lovers and folks old enough to remember the likes of Nancy Carroll and Charlie Farrell.