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“Nice Theater - Top Notch Performance”

Seacoast Repertory Theatre
Ranked #18 of 76 things to do in Portsmouth
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Reviewed 13 August 2014

A friend and I came here to see "8 Track: Sounds of the 70's" recently. It is a musical review of popular music from the 1970's, complete with platform shoes, bell-bottom pants and flower power. The theater itself is intimate and is built on multi-levels, giving every patron an unobstructed view... though it can be tricky to navigate the steep stairs. Since I've been here last, the theater lobby has been renovated and expanded, including an outdoor seating area. Bathrooms were not the cleanest, but were acceptable. There's a small box office and a bar where you can order drinks.... and a water bubbler. Every staff person or volunteer we interacted with was very pleasant... and we had great seats for the show.

The audience was made up mostly of boomers, which one would expect of this particular production. The small theater was about 2/3 full and was air conditioned on this hot summer day. "8 Track" is a romp down memory lane: a potpourri of many of the tunes made famous from the 1970's, including several disco tracks. The four actors/singers: Craig Faulkner (also the Director), Christine Dulong, John James Pirroni, and Lauren Monteleone were excellent. Each possessed a superb singing voice.... though I was less impressed with the womens' duets than with other combinations. Their voices... while very good... just didn't seem to always come together as well. However, overall we were impressed: not only with the memorization of music and lyrics, but also with the dance/movement/acting thrown-in; the lighting, soundtracks, scene editing, chemistry between the actors, as well as the costumes. We also noted how poised the actors seemed considering the substantial amount of energy it must have taken to sing and perform amidst costume changes and constant movement on and off stage. Also, none of them were alive in the 1970's... so we know they had to learn and familiarize themselves with the 50 or so songs they performed- and they got it right.

In the past I've seen other shows at SeaCoast Rep including "A Chorus Line," "How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying," and "Rocky Horror Picture Show," among others. This one rated right up there with the best. I will surely return for excellent semi-professional theater here in the heart of Portsmouth.

Thank James F
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Reviewed 16 July 2014

this is a very small theater, so all the seats are good ones. Be careful if you are lucky enough to sit in the first row, not to knock over a prop like I did, talk about turning red. We can't wait to visit again

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Reviewed 30 June 2014

I hadn't been to a show at Seacoast Rep for several years, but I was happy that I made the drive from Massachusetts last weekend. I thoroughly enjoyed seeing Pirates of Penzance. They have talented and enthusiastic cast that provided a delightful show. The singing and acting were strong throughout the show. Everyone on stage looked as though they were having a good time and happy to be spending their afternoon with us.
Seacoast Rep is a small theater with an unusual seating design which surrounds three sides of the stage. It's a small stage so you get an up close theater experience from wherever you are sitting. Ticket prices are surprisingly low, which I guess excuses the fact that they ask for donations at the end of the show. The prices for refreshments are quite reasonable too. The only drawback that I can think if is the lack of parking nearby the theater. There is a public parking garage a few blocks away so you just have to plan ahead and allow time to walk from the garage to the theater.
I might head back to Portsmouth to see another show this season ~ they have a strong series this year!

Thank mew521
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Reviewed 23 April 2014

Seacoast Repertory Theatre is a small hole in the wall kind of venue. Don't let that fool you. It's small strategic seating capacity clustered around a small Stage, makes for a very up close theater experience. I've seen plays like "42nd Street", "Sweeney Todd", and most recently, "Hair". I have yet to be disappointed by any of this theater's productions. In fact, the actors are versatile, top-notch, performers.

Thank joseph r
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Reviewed 15 April 2014

An incredible, versatile team, they give it their all. A delightful afternoon/evening of entertainment.

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