BY GEORGE J. DACRE
Yes, Don Quixote never gives up and a wonderful cast brings “Man of La Mancha” to life at the mainstage of WBT. Anchored by an unforgettable performance from Paul Schoeffler in the dual role of Miguel Cervantes/Don Quixote, who is put in a Spanish prison in the late 18th Century, during the Spanish Inquisition, the show achieves great heights.
Miguel is a dreamer and he transforms himself into Don Quixote, an adventurer who pursues the impossible dream (although it is mostly in his mind). This is an inspiring production, Westchester Broadway’s 195th.
With his faithful manservant Sancho Panza (Gary Marachek), Cervantes, deprived of his possessions by the other inmates, sets up a mock trial and uses a play as a defense. He transitions himself into a Knight, Don Quixote, and (in his mind) embarks on a trip to find adventure accompanied by Sancho.
Quixote is always in danger from the Evil Enchanter, but he carries on and falls in love with who he thinks is Dulcinea, but is really a prostitute, Aldonza (brilliantly portrayed by Michele Dawson). And the story goes on until its ultimate end, which you will see when you catch “The Man of La Mancha” at WBT.
Brilliantly directed and choreographed by David Wasson, La Mancha never stops with its great music and dialogue and the travails of Don Quixote. It is most enjoyable theatre. This year is the 50th anniversary of La Mancha which has played worldwide and it is a pleasure to witness at Westchester Brodaway.
I rate “The Man of La Mancha,” Four out of Four Stars!
Now through May 1 at WBT. Visit broadwaytheatre.com or call 914-592-2222.
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