EvitaBy Jordan Rubin
ASSOCIATE NIGHT EDITOR
Presented by the MIT Musical Theatre Guild
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber
Lyrics by Tim Rice
Directed by Sheridan Zabel
With: Sherri Davidoff , Stephen Peters, Steven Niemczyk, Sara Jo Elice and others
In La Sala de Puerto Rico
November 18 through 21
Yesterday’s performance of Evita was not without its flaws, but it was still an enjoyable show. Playing the title role of Eva Peron, Sherri Davidoff ’02 provides the audience with an intimate view of the Argentine First Lady’s situation. This production presents, perhaps an overly intimate view as her dress refused to stay on. Although the blunders with the costumes distracted the audience, the show contained a couple scenes of note.
ChÉ, played by Stephen Peters G provides a window into Eva’s doubts and worries. The show establishes this fully in the scene “Waltz for Eva and ChÉ,” as ChÉ mirrors Eva as she removes her makeup. The portrayal of ChÉ balances the confidence that Eva exudes with the dilemmas that she repressed.
Sara Jo Elice ’01, who plays the role of Mistress, stands out in her scene. In “Another Suitcase in Another Hall”, the Mistress portrays the life of a destitute woman while expressing her personal problems after her affair with Juan Peron comes to an end. This scene raised the level of the performance for the rest of the show.
In the beginning of the performance, the cast and the orchestra had trouble keeping the same tempo. Fortunately, this problem became less apparent as the show continued. Most likely, this dilemma could be attributed to opening-night nerves.