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Good Company Players

by Terrance Mc Arthur


Daphne du Maurier wrote moody, atmospheric fiction, sometimes paranormal, with love entwined—”romance noir,” where characters with a happy ending aren’t really that happy. Rebecca, Jamaica Inn, The Birds, Frenchman’s Creek…and My Cousin Rachel. The Good Company Players’ 2nd Space Theatre currently presents a tense, breathtaking adaptation through October 13.

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by Terrance Mc Arthur


Seven years ago, the Good Company Players presented Calamity Jane, based on the Doris Day musical film, at Roger Rocka’s. Instead of using all local talent, the starring role was played by Louise Mandrell, country singer and part of the Mandrell Sisters. She was really, really good.

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by Terrance Mc Arthur


Did you ever have one of those times when a group of people find themselves together and suddenly become a set of BFF’s (Best Friends Forever)? Did you ever feel so beaten down by life that you wished someone could give your life a boost in a better direction?

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


Disney’s Newsies musical hit the Roger Rocka’s stage this past weekend, presented by Good Company Players. I had never seen the show before, but I was familiar with several of its songs and had seen a performance on the Tony’s, where it won awards for Best Original Score and Best Choreography.

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by Terrance McArthur


“Good Morning, Baltimore!”
Those words mean that the Good Company Players have time-traveled back to 1962 and the good old days of racial segregation on teenage dance shows in the musical Hairspray on stage at Roger Rocka’s Dinner Theater through May 19. What a joyous blast from the past it is!

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by Terrance McArthur



A Shot in the Dark
? Oh, yeah! The one about the blind lady, and she doesn’t know the bad guys are in her apartment with her! No, that’s Wait Until Dark. This is A Shot in the Dark.

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by Terrance McArthur


In the Spring of 2018, the Good Company Players presented Mamma Mia!, the ABBA musical, at Roger Rocka’s Dinner Theater. It was a great show, and it was a big hit. Guess what? They’re at it again! If you missed it before, see it now. If you saw it before, a lot of the stars have returned, and their familiarity with the material makes it even stronger.

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Look Back at Valley Theatre in 2018

IN THE January 12 ISSUE

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


It is that time of year again when we look back at the year of theatre that just ended–and 2018 was another amazing year in the Valley. As usual, there were far too many shows to mention them all, but here are several of the highlights!

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Driving Miss Daisy On Stage at 2nd Space

IN THE January 9 ISSUE

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


I remember long ago watching the 1989 movie Driving Miss Daisy staring Morgan Freeman and Jessica Tandy. It was a sweet film and a sweet story, so when I heard that Good Company Players were doing the show at 2nd Space this year, I marked it on my calendar. It seemed like a good way to start the new year.

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My 2018 Local Theatre Favorites

IN THE January 2 ISSUE

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by Terrance McArthur


Like the actor said when he crashed through termite-damaged wood, “It’s just a stage I’m going through.”
I saw about forty productions in 2018, including more than a dozen shows at the Rogue Festival in the Tower District. Here’s my five (or more) favorites.

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Footloose On Stage at Roger Rocka’s

IN THE November 28 ISSUE

FROM THE 2018 Articles,
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by Terrance McArthur


Come with me, back to the blissful eighties, when Kevin Bacon was cool enough to overturn a theocracy and bring dance back to the children—It’s the stage musical of Footloose, the Good Company Players production on the Roger Rocka’s Dinner Theatre stage until January 13.

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by Terrance McArthur


Feeling threatened by the onset of Santas and elves on the shelves of every store? Does your mind turn to Grinch-y thoughts every time you see a Hallmark display?

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by Lorie Lewis Ham



KRL has been covering Valley theatre for over eight years now and we have profiled local actors, directors, set designers, and more. We know that every piece of a show is vital, from the last bit of paint, to the costumes, the make-up and the hair.

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Steel Magnolias On Stage at 2nd Space

IN THE August 29 ISSUE

FROM THE 2018 Articles,
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by Terrance McArthur


Robert Harling graduated from law school and decided to become an actor. He made a number of commercials. His sister Susan, who had encouraged him, died of diabetic complications. He wanted her to be remembered, so he started to write. He wrote a play.

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