Through October 4, 2009
Reviewed by Philip Hitchcock
There's a "can't go wrong" quality about Guys and Dolls
, the time honored musical by Frank Loesser, Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows. Set in New York in the mid 20th century, the plot revolves around Nathan Detroit, a con man and gambler who organizes the longest running, floating crap game in the city. To raise funds, he bets fellow gambler and leading man Sky Masterson that he can't date the next doll he sees. That particular doll, Detroit makes sure, is Sarah Brown, a pure at heart Salvation Army reformer. Meanwhile Detroit does his best to avoid the matrimonial clutches of his (literally) lovesick fiancee, Miss Adelaide. It's a great set up for hilarious confusion and misunderstandings, true love and a very funny evening of musical comedy.