REVIEW: 100 DAYS at the Aurora Fox

by Taylor Jo Oxley

A night spent with good music is never wasted. The company of Hundred Days presents a most enjoyable evening of songs at The Aurora Fox Arts Center now through October 10. While the music was lovely, there are some other aspects to be wary of before
attending this show. For one, if you cry while watching romantic comedies you should be prepared with plenty of tissues. For another, if you dislike meandering plot lines with many gaps, this may not be the show for you.

The flow to Hundred Days is rather confusing. Script writers Sarah Gancher, and Shaun and Abigail Bengson did not make it clear from which perspective the story is being told. Many breaks in the 4th wall as well as the indistinguishable barriers between perceived dreams and reality contributed to the overall perplexity of the plot. Despite this, the designers and cast were able to convey the very real emotional weight of this story.

Walking into the theater you are greeted by a warm and welcoming stage that is reminiscent of Rockwood Music Hall in New York City’s Lower East Side. This is wholly appropriate given that NYC is where our tale takes place. Brandon Philip Case’s use of eclectic
chandeliers, natural woods, and worn rugs immediately sets the tone for a folk music show. While Shannon McKinney’s lighting was complimentary through most of the show, it was hard to focus on anything but the blinking candelabras in the “candle lit” scenes.

The cast are absolutely rock stars. Runner Francisco, Shaun, and Steph Holumbo, Abigail, make a couple so adorable that some may call them vomit worthy. They create a natural chemistry through their songs and scenes that almost make you wonder if they are a
couple in real life. The blend of their voices, along with Nicole DeBree and William “Skip” Lynch are heavenly. Noteworthy numbers include “He Fell Down”, “Lift Me”, and “100 Days”. The lack of enunciation by DeBree on “Marching in the Wrong Parade” negated a large part of the plot, however she made up for this with her skilled instrumentals and powerful voice. And while Holumbo gave her best effort at “Three Legged Dog”, the style does not suit her voice. Not enough can be said about our musicians and their vast talents with many instruments. The errors of the evening were saved by their efforts.

The best part of Hundred Days was most definitely the music. Kudos to the cast and crew for turning a complicated script into a lovely experience.

 

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