‘LEGALLY BLONDE’, gleans a standing ovation 3

Review by Anita Flegg
reviewer_AnitaThe opening scenes of Orpheus productionsLEGALLY BLONDE” appear silly and saccharine, and we cringe; but Wait! It’s all part of the plan. The show opens with Elle Woods, our blonde from the title, showing her shallow cheerleader/party girl side, but we soon learn that there is much more to Elle than first appears. The plot, similar to the movie of the same name, tells her story as she changes her life completely with the goal of reclaiming the man she loves.

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The undergrads of ‘LEGALLY BLONDE’

In the process, she surprises everyone, including herself, with what she achieves.
As a fish out of water in the rarefied atmosphere of Harvard Law School, we see Elle slowly transform from a girl obsessed only with recapturing her lost sweetheart to a woman who realizes that she really has the ability to become a lawyer. Just as important, she discovers that she can become a “serious” woman without giving up what makes her special and unique. Emily Reid, as Elle, delivers a warm and believable performance, handling the sad and happy scenes equally well, while integrating the singing, dialog, and movement very nicely. Not all of the actors sing as well as she does, and some of the sung dialog is unintelligible, but for the most part, we follow along without distraction. There’s plenty of broad humour, much of it delivered by periodic appearances of the Greek Chorus, and which the audience enjoyed very much.
A couple of standout performances to mention: Derek Eyamie, very genuine as Emmett, played counterpoint to Elle, poor against her wealth, and hard-working against her relaxed attitude, while becoming her best friend and mentor. Professor Callahan; portrayed by Dean Ross was completely believable as the lawyer and law professor. Somehow, he managed to make an unsympathetic character really quite likeable and amusing. The real scene stealer, though, was Nicole Milne, as Paulette. Her energy, and her willingness to throw herself into her part completely, made the audience latch on to Paulette from her very first scene. By the end, the most enthusiastic applause accompanied scenes in which Paulette appeared.
The sets were for the most part unremarkable, but they worked smoothly, and didn’t distract from the action. The one really unusual set was a bathroom, in which the court room drama came to its climax. The lighting was especially interesting throughout, with some of the scenes wearing an unusual rainbow appearance.
Legally Blonde is an entertaining romp with a message that resonates, and the cast delivers it with such unselfconscious energy and humour that we can’t help but root for them all.


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