DC Metro Theater Arts: The Full Monty

monty_postcard_web featureLeave your inhibitions at the door as you step foot into The Keegan Theatre for its scintillating run of The Full Monty, written by Terrence McNally with music and lyrics by David Yazbek.

The set design by 4 Point Design Collective and lighting design by Allan Sean Weeks illustrate the ways in which the simplest of set pieces can sometimes be the most effective form of storytelling.

The live orchestra is also not to be outdone. The musical direction by Jake Null perfectly sets the tone of the piece…

Since the show is set in a strip club after all, it has no shortage of big, flashy musical numbers. The first act closes with a clever number in which the boys parallel stripping with playing basketball, moving in a dance sequence choreographed by Ashleigh King that expertly blends the pulsating strength of athletic movement with the agile lyricism of dance…

Mark A. Rhea and Susan Marie Rhea direct the reimagining of the Tony-nominated Best Musical in a way that manages to capture both the whimsicality and theatricality of the piece, without losing its decidedly human core. Commendable too is the outstanding courage and bravery that these cast members have to perform such a revealing and edgy piece of musical theatre.

Read the Full Review at DC Metro Theater Arts