The MNM Productions staging of the classic musical “Hair” is entertaining as it is flamboyant.
Set inside the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts in West Palm Beach, “Hair” runs through June 5. Tickets are $45.
“…be free, be guilt, be whoever you are, do whatever you want, just as long as you don’t hurt anyone.” This is the basic thinking associated with the show, written by two hippies during the early 1960s.
Mike Westrich and Michael Scott Ross star in the production, playing the main characters, Berger and Claude, respectively. The duo are members of the Actors’ Equity Association.
“Hair” is the third production from MNM, a theater company founded by Marcie Gorman Althof and Michael Lifshitz. Before Friday night’s show, the couple explained the rules of the show, which included audience participation while passing around what appeared to be a lighted joint.
One’s sense of smell is certainly activated upon entering the theater. I would call it an ode to incense.
Billed as the American Tribal Love-Rock Musical, “Hair” recalls the Vietnam War, young people protesting by burning their draft cards and free and multiple partner love. This MNM Production is directed by Kimberly Dawn Smith, who recently co-directed the Kravis Center’s 10th anniversary gala starring Liza Minnelli and Joey Grey; with musical direction provided by Paul Reekie.
There are tremendous individual performances all around. As Margaret Mead, Rosseroni Parris demonstrates transgender abilities in the lovely falsetto “My Conviction.” As a Hud, Elijah Word commands attention early in “Colored Spade” and later drops his drawers for a full frontal nudity scene in the Act I closing number, “Where Do I go.”
For show times and more information, visit www.kravis.org/hair