Review: 'The Wizard of Oz' at Beef & Boards 

***1/2
click to enlarge Finding the Tin Man: The Tin Man (Jeff Stockberger), center, tells his story to the Scarecrow (Doug King), left, and Dorothy (Lisa Bark), right.
  • Finding the Tin Man: The Tin Man (Jeff Stockberger), center, tells his story to the Scarecrow (Doug King), left, and Dorothy (Lisa Bark), right.

The Wizard of Oz returns to Beef & Boards in a charming production with fine characterizations that bring the story's enduring wisdom and humor to the fore.

Lisa Bark is a feisty Dorothy. Jayson Elliott, Doug King and Jeff Stockberger are a winning trio as Zeek/Cowardly Lion, Hunk/Scarecrow and Hickory/Tin Man. Lynne Perkins' haughty Miss Gultch and borderline zany Wicked Witch adds zest, as do Eddie Curry as a bombastic Wizard, and Deb Wims and Darrin Murrell as a harried Aunt Em and Uncle Henry. Trisha Shepard endears as Glinda, as do every one of The Munchkins and Office Holders. The supporting cast provides perfection to Crows, Apple Trees, Winkies and Flying Monkeys. Gracie Curry is generous in not upstaging as the best ever Toto.

Excellent musical direction by Kristy Templet ensures clear articulation and vocal quality. Ron Morgan's choreography sparkles. Jill Kelly's costumes, Michael Layton's scenic design and Ryan Koharchik's lighting are inspired. Daniel Hesselbrock's sound design earns praise, as does everyone working backstage for a thoroughly enjoyable production. Don't expect the film version, but do enjoy the witty updating. Continues through July 15 at Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre

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