Review: New Monitor NEW ON STAGE

Bonstelle’s Full Monty a Roaring Success

by Robert Delaney, Theatre Reviewer for The New Monitor

Six laid-off Buffalo industrial workers decide to try their luck at being male strippers in The Full Monty, the current musical production at Wayne State University’s Bonstelle Theatre in Midtown Detroit.

Both WSU’s graduate-level Hilberry Theatre and the undergraduate theatre program worked together to mount the production of this show, which has music and lyrics by David Yazbek and a book by Terrence McNally.

Director Michael J. Barnes and choreographer Nira Pullin worked with these student performers to present us with a highly professional production.

While everyone in the cast is good, standouts include Jason Cabral as Jerry Lukowski, Cal M. Schwartz as Dave Bukatinsky, Nancy Florkowski as Jeanette Burmeister and Alan Ball as Harold Nichols.

Jason Cabral (Jerry Lukowski ), Adam Crinson (Malcolm MacGregor) and Nancy Flokowski (Jeanette Burmeister) Credit: Robert Lima

Music director Jeremy Ryan Mossman is able to get a highly professional sound from the pit ensemble.  Scenic designer Jacee Rohlck has designed a set that evoke Buffalo’s industrial legacy…

…The Bonstelle is getting audiences for this show like it hasn’t seen in many a year – some even approaching the theatre’s capacity.  Whether that is because a whole lot of people really like this show or because of the titilation factor provided by all the nudity, I won’t speculate.

The Full Monty continues through April 23, with performances at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Bonstelle Theatre, 3424 Woodward Ave. at Eliot, a block south of Mack.  For ticket information, call the WSU Theatre box office at (313) 577-2960 or visit www.wsushows.com

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