Review by Jeanne Kinley Deller
Steve Martin (yes, that gifted comedian turned bluegrass musician!) and Edie Brickell have joined forces to tell an age-old tale, this one actually based on a true story, of love lost and found. “Bright Star” segues between the early-1920s and mid-1940s with a jaunty cast of talented actors transporting us back to small-town North Carolina.
The “Bright Star” up-stage bluegrass band compliments both the time period and each of the accomplished performers as they wend their way through spirited musical numbers. MJ Jurgensen lights up the theatre with her infectious smile and every move, as Florence, in band and ensemble numbers. The rousing bar-scene “Another Round” scores big time with the audience – a shining combo of song and dance in tune with Steve Martin’s humor and musical prowess.
If you’re a fan of bluegrass, toe-tapping, and old-timey hootenanny gatherings, this is a show you don’t want to pass up. Great fun and a reminder that social mores, in ever so many ways, have advanced tremendously over the last few decades. Check it out & enjoy! Tickets on sale now through August 17, 2019, at Taproot Theatre.
MJ Jurgensen and Miranda Antoinette Trout in Bright Star at Taproot Theatre. Photo by Erik Stuhaug.