Man, Oh Man! A Review of ‘Man of La Mancha’

Cygnet Theater Review
Old Town, San Diego

Dear Reader,

I am so sorry that I did not see this play earlier than today. It was absolutely wonderful. The acting was superb, the singing extraordinary, the adaptation to a small theater was marvelous.

The audience was on their feet before the final strains of the last song.

One word of advice, though. In front of us was a 7-year-old child that talked throughout the entire first act. (The play runs 2 ½ hours with a 15 minute intermission.) During the intermission we – those of us sitting in front of and behind the family – told the adults that she was really spoiling it for us.  The father – an MD judging from his car license plate – became quite huffy, but he didn’t know who he was dealing with.  They moved – clear across the theater – so that the other side now had the benefit of being disturbed.  Anyway, there is a rape scene that the 7-year-old could find disturbing.  She should have not been there.

It is hard to single out any particular actor as better than another, but Sean Murray, who played “Don Quixote” was spectacular, as was Erika Beth Phillips as “Dulcinea.” The entire cast was versatile, believable and entertaining.

There is only one week until it closes. I suggest you do everything you can to see it. I don’t think you will be sorry.


Judi Curry

High school dropout who decided to show the educational community what learning is all about. If it's the status quo something's wrong with it and I'll scratch the itch!

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