05 June 2011
Lumberjacks in Love at BST
It's about time the folks at BST did this funny and farcical upper Midwestern old chestnut. It takes place in northern Wisconsin and has been a regular feature since 1994 at American Folklore Theatre in Wisconsin's Door County. Don't be surprised if you are reminded of another show at BST sometime in the past couple of years: Guys On Ice.
Four lumberjacks without female companionship except for a girl who disguises herself as a boy and a mail-order bride played by the funniest lady in Billings, Sondra Baker, make up the cast. Of course the musical needs 4 guys who can sing and dance and are not afraid of making fools of themselves: Tom Wagner, Jim Martin, Vint Lavinder, and Kelly Martin fill that order admirably. I was a little surprised at how good they do sing together and singly, especially their occasional moves into barbershop harmony. Like Joe Dimaggio in centerfield elegantly chasing down a fly ball, these guys make it look easy and they are very funny. Sondra and Rachel Sitzman—the girl disguised as a boy—don't have any trouble keeping up with these guys either. That's a good thing when there are no weak players.
The audience was very appreciative with a standing ovation at the end. It will be running through the 18th at least. Come and have some fun.