Review: ‘Company’


Ten best friends, three girlfriends and a birthday party in New York City … sounds like a pretty good deal for single guy, doesn’t it?

For Bobby, the central character in Carmel Community Players’ recent production of the musical comedy,“Company,” the mix makes for a relationship cocktail strong enough to leave even the most seasoned 1970splayboy with a stiff hangover.

“Company,” a six-time Tony-award winner, pairs an acclaimed book from George Furth with music and lyrics from Stephen Sondheim in a show that makes for a light-heartedly poignant commentary on relationships, marriage and just plain getting older.

CCP’s rendition of this Broadway classic made the most of the cozy Playhouse slid comfortably between Jimmy John’s and Party City inside the south entrance of the Clay Terrace shopping center. The 16-member cast was vocally strong and costumes from Chyrise King and Barb Gallinafinished the retro scene – complete withwide-collared tops and blindingly-shiny platforms – with a flare that would have Tom Brady phoning his stylist.

CCP’s unique storefront performance space requires a level of technical creativity worth witnessing this winter.“Company”necessitated the creation of a well-disguised murphy bed and a rotating wall to transport Bobby – and his audience – from scene to scene with ease.

I expect you’ll be delighted by similar surprises during upcoming performances at the Carmel Community Playhouse. A list of upcoming productions is online at, or I bet someone would love to speak with you at 815-9387.

Here’s a tip for making the most of your evening out: When you call the CCP box office, take advantage of the Dinner and a Show deal. This partnership with CCP’s backdoor neighbor at Clay Terrace, Kincaid’s, offers you a $25 discount toward the purchase of two dinner entrees with your show tickets. After making the most of Kincaid’s sampler appetizer platter and wine special last Friday night, I can promise you it’s worth the trip!


By Andrew Barkley