"Each actor portrays their respective princess with touches of the Disney characters that we all know, while giving them more personality and depth than ever before."
"The show is a musical comedy about storybook princesses, but inside that there are strong messages that resonate deeply. As the actors sing “All I Wanna Do Is Eat,” the hilarity is equally apparent to the struggles many have with trying to find the ideal shape. Racism, patriarchy, and even horizontal violence amongst women are all touched on."
Pissed off Princesses
How long is ever after? Can you really live happily for all that time? What if your prince is less than charming? Over the past couple decades these questions have been asked many times on stage and screen. “Disenchanted” by Dennis T. Giacino, directed by Warren Weinstein, and presented by Cyrano's Theatre Company and The Alaska Fine Arts Academy, opened last weekend and explores the reality of the “Princess Complex” in a comedy musical format.
The set design by Marcia Varady is simple: a castle adorned with subtle hints about the royal ladies that will be telling their tales. A bright red shimmering curtain draws the audience’s attention front and center where it should be. Handmade floor lights hint toward the musical revue format of the show. The castle walls around the onstage band is a cute touch, as the band becomes part of the cast at a few points. The pre-show music selection is perfect and got me into the spirit of empowerment and equality that Disenchanted speaks of. Lighting Design by Frank Hardy is stellar. With subtle changes to enhance the mood of particular numbers, or even at times becoming an important part of the set, it all adds to the magic on stage.