When it comes to theater, two of the things I love most are small cast plays and Neil Simon. The Star-Spangled Girl checks both of those boxes very well. This is my second collaboration with both Mike and Eric on a Neil Simon show, having directed Eric in a 2010 production of Jake’s Women and starring opposite Mike in our 2014 production of The Odd Couple. (Sarah is new to the world of Neil Simon, but is no stranger to Valley Theatre.) I love Simon’s dialogue and it’s always nice to hear it come out of talented actors.
Over the years I’ve worked with the members of this cast many times, but I realized midway through that they had never worked together before (unless you count Eric’s blink-and-you’ll-miss-it cameo in Cinderella). Hard to believe, but true. With that in mind, I’m even more impressed with how well they play off of each other. They have a natural chemistry that has made it a lot of fun for me to observe and guide. I think you’ll like it too. -Nic