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The Last Metro — Critic’s Choice
Review by Allen Levy, Theater Reader's Guide, Los Angeles Reader, Aug. 23, 1991


A musical version of the Francois Truffaut film, this "work-in-progress" wants to touch us deeply and sometimes does. At other times, however, it sings to us when it should slow down and speak to our hearts.

The play concerns Lucas Steiner, the Jewish manager of a theatre in Paris during the Nazi Occupation, who is forced to hide in the theatre’s cellar to escape what is euphemistically called "deportation." While he hides, his wife, Marion, the star of the company, takes over the theatre and in the process discovers her inner strength.

The play is hurt by Don Stewart’s regrettably cold performance. Further, it could certainly do with fewer songs — some seem shoehorned in and other interrupt the emotions the actors are exploring.

The Last Metro does offer a passionate and beautifully sung performance by Jan Pessano as Marion; a wonderful cameo by Linda LoPorto as Yvette, a snippy little trouper whose Gallic tilt-of-the-head is perfection; and a chilling turn by Pamela Winslow as the betrayer Nathalie. It has some good music in a variety of styles, including "Playing the Part," the play’s memorable Big Song, and the witty, affectionate operetta tune "One Night Out." Lovingly produced, The Last Metro is full of as-yet-unrealized ambitions, but it is worth seeing.
 
 

The Last Metro at the Colony Theatre