Robert Markus and company (photo by Michael Cooper)
The spectacle of Tommy is mind-blowing, but at what cost?
by Stuart Munro
In this, I don’t think he’s succeeded – the theatricality of the production is too overwhelming to allow any kind of realism.
This production, a modern remount of Des McAnuff’s original 1993 production, contains a number of strong performances, most noticeably Jeremy Kushnier and Kira Guloien as Tommy’s parents. The few moments they get with the four- and ten-year-old versions of their son are tender and heart-felt. Paul Nolan is appropriately creepy and sadistic as Tommy’s Cousin Kevin, and Steve Ross is remarkably likeable as the “wicked” Uncle Ernie. Likewise, Gabriel Antonacci and Matthew Armet stand out in their various featured roles, but especially during the Act I finale, “Pinball Wizard.” As Tommy, Robert Markus possesses a strong rock voice, but always seems as if he’s holding something back. But overall, the sound this company produces is stellar, proving yet again that some of the best talent in the country is right here in Stratford.