In Tennessee? You Must Visit Sweet Fanny Adams - Page 2
The two shows currently offered are The Incredible Adventures of Mary Bright – A Musical Comedy Melodrama and Out on a Whim, “a silly, whimsical, charming, capricious, fanciful, unlikely, curious, unbelievable, fickle, spectacular, vaudeville-style musical comedy revue show.” As fate would have it, although I preferred to see the revue, Mary Bright was scheduled to be performed. As good luck would have it, there had been a change and we saw the revue. (They must have known we were coming!)
Without delving into the statistical impossibility that I might be wrong, I was far from disappointed (I was “appointed”?). The cast—Jennifer MacPherson-Evans, Chris MacPherson, Tim Coleman, Krisha Newport, and Jeremy Gregoire—is vibrant, versatile, talented, personable, fearless, professional, energetic, and (best of all) wholly likeable. Incorporating satire, parody, corn, slapstick, song, dance, audience participation, and Monty Python (woo-hoo!) into Out on a Whim, the cast members resuscitate vaudeville and seem to think it is their job to ensure that each individual audience member has a wonderful time. They succeed.
In addition to the popular Monty Python sketch, the evening of silliness included a five-minute/five-cast-member production of Hamlet, “The Paper Dance” (which must be seen to be appreciated), a lovely song (performed enthusiastically by Jennifer MacPherson-Evans) about a woman who knocks off her entire family, a sing-along, a “silent movie presented live,” and plenty of jokes, songs, and skits—more than one would expect, but not so much as to be tiresome (in other words, it was perfect). The Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre is now celebrating its 36th year, and one imagines that a huge part of the success is that the performers seem to truly enjoy what they are doing (as opposed to doing a job and picking up a paycheck).
Devotees of boardwalks, carnivals, state fairs, and all things lowbrow, must experience Gatlinburg. And all who experience Gatlinburg must visit the Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre, but only if they want to have an exceedingly good time. It gets our highest recommendation—we plan to return.