Directed by Robert Hastie, it has a wonderful band, an atmospheric set, and a talented, energetic cast. Its witty songs, street-wise dialogue and larger-than-life characters create a beguiling and touchingly innocent world of ‘guys and dolls’.
The show hinges on the long-term relationship between Nathan Detroit, a small-time gambler, and Miss Adelaide, a nightclub dancer; and the unlikely romance between Sky Masterson, another gambler, and Sarah Brown, a young sergeant in a Save-a-Soul Mission. When Sky bets on being able to persuade Sarah Brown to travel to Cuba on a date, the conflict between puritanism and pleasure is played out with both irony and passion.
Natalie Casey is extremely droll as the long-suffering Miss Adelaide; and Alex Young captures Sarah Brown’s generous, divided nature. All the characters combine a sense of style with an underlying vulnerability, including Nathan (Martin Marquez), Sky (Kadiff Kirwan), and Nicely Nicely Johnson (T. J. Lloyd).
The songs – If I Were A Bell, Take Back Your Mink, Luck Be A Lady, Sit Down, You’re Rocking The Boat, and so on – are performed with great gusto and humour.
Guys and Dolls enhances the Crucible’s well-deserved reputation for putting on ambitious and life-affirming musicals. The production is running until Saturday, January 18, 2020.