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It’s All About the ‘Company’ You Keep

It’s All About the ‘Company’ You Keep

Musical Theater Southwest's Newest Production All About Relationships

 

“Company” is the first of Musical Theatre Southwest’s 2017 season, and it’s a fun, jaunty and relatable experience that shouldn’t be missed.

Centered on a 35-year-old singleton’s birthday party, Stephen Sonheim’s musical shows Robert (Colin Burdge) as he struggles with dating while all his friends are couples.

Robert is surrounded by friends who seem to have happy marriages.

Watching Robert go from one woman to another was hilarious – he fails to remember April’s name, can’t relate to Marta’s eccentricity, and is abandoned by Kathy, who leaves New York to get married.

As his marriage prospects dwindle, Robert learns that he isn’t looking for what he thought he wanted. Instead, he desires a marriage despite all of its flaws, he wants a real relationship even though it could be difficult.

Burdge provides a stunning performance that causes the audience to really sympathize with Robert and his conflicting feelings about retaining his independence while seeking love.

“Company” runs through March 5 at Musical Theatre Southwest (6320 Domingo Rd. NE, Albuquerque).

 

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Ashley Kurtz is a freelance theater critic.

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Dennis Domrzalski is managing editor of ABQ Free Press. Reach him at dennis@freeabq.com.

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