‘Producers’ produces laughs, sell-out crowds at Sutter Street Theatre in Folsom

By: Don Chaddock, Telegraph Managing Editor
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FOLSOM, CA - From the opening scene to final curtain, “The Producers” delivers laughs. The Mel Brooks-penned musical comedy casts the spotlight on unethical Broadway producer Max (Kevin Caravalho) and a scheme to produce a Broadway flop so he can pocket the cash he raised. With cohort in crime Leo Blum (Aaron Boyer), the unlikely duo seeks to find the most offensive and horribly written script, finally choosing the farcical musical “Springtime for Hitler.” They manage to get the rights to the script from Franz (Dennis Curry), a Nazi who longs to cast his long-dead leader in a more positive light. To put the final touches on their plan, they enlist the help of Roger (Ryan Adame), a flamboyant director who sometimes dresses in women’s clothing. What ensues is magic on the intimate stage at Sutter Street Theatre as part of their Off-Broadway Series. This has to be one of my personal favorites offered by the theater, ranking right up there with “Escanaba in da Moonlight,” “Cabaret” and “Leading Ladies.” Accompanying me was my oldest daughter, Madison, who has a few acting credits to her name as well, appearing in many shows during high school. Madison, 19, said this is her pick for best show ever produced by Sutter Street Theatre. I counted 22 actors on the stage at one time (including some in the audience area), so it’s difficult to pick out favorites. My stand-out selections are Jessica McKillican as vava-voomish Ulla, the love interest. She played the part well, even with the goofy Swedish accent. Ryan Adame, once again, did not disappoint. His over-the-top flamboyant Hitler had the audience rolling. Boyer and Caravalho appeared in most of the scenes, so it’s easy to overlook them. Their solid acting is what made this show so great. Finally, Curry plays crazy so well. He’s in rare form in this show. My daughter’s favorites were Boyer, Brady Tait (even though he was only in some scenes, they were memorable) and Jacob Goodyear, who played Carmen, the director’s assistant. Special mentions also go out to Kayla Rose, Kyle Sanderson, Jackie Clauson and Dian Hoel. Many of the times, these actors had small speaking parts or were in the background, but they added much to the show. When Clauson auditions for the role of Hitler, the bit is hysterical. I highly recommend seeing “The Producers.” ------- KNOW AND GO What: “The Producers” When: 8 p.m. Friday, Saturday; 4 p.m. Sunday Where: Sutter Street Theatre, 717 Sutter St., Folsom Cost: $23 general, $21 seniors and SARTA, $18 students was ASB card, $15 children 12 and younger Info: (916) 353-1001, Rating: 5 out of 5 stars