Chasing Nicolette

With its brisk sense of fun and ensemble cast of 10 rewarding roles, high school drama departments are going to eat this musical up. The book (by Peter Kellogg) is based on a medieval troubadour tale called Aucassin and Nicolette about a Christian nobleman and a Muslim slave (who’s really a princess in disguise, of course). The fairy-tale flavor is preserved by Kellogg’s decision to author the whole thing in iambic-pentameter rhymed couplets. David Friedman’s songs are perky and catchy, mesh comfortably with the lyrics, and offer star turns for the leads—which Tanesha Ross, as Nicolette, takes particular advantage of, with her blooming, acrobatic soprano just on the border of opera. Matthew John Kacergis plays Aucassin, whose servant Valere (the excellent Nick DeSantis) drives the plot to a fluffy yet satisfying conclusion. GAVIN BORCHERT [See Gavin's full review.]

Tuesdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 2 p.m. Starts: Sept. 16. Continues through Oct. 25, 2009

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