Theater Review: ‘Side Show’ in Boca Raton is a Must See
When it comes to small theaters, few of them in South Florida can match the quality of Slow Burn Theatre in West Boca. Show after show brings audiences dazzling performances featuring the best of the best local talent the region has to offer.
The company is known for producing lesser-known shows and their latest, Side Show, is no exception, having only a three-month run on Broadway in 1997.
The show follows real life conjoined twins Daisy and Violet Hilton from their start in a Side Show, to their big break and beyond. The show touches on their successes, their losses, their loves and most importantly their desire to fit in.
Side Show will tug on the heart of every LGBT person, who grew up feeling different or like a “freak,” who hoped and prayed to be “normal.” That’s why it’s a must see show for the local gay community.
I was transfixed from the moment the show opened up with “Come Look At The Freaks.”
Sometimes more is better. Rather than compete with one another, the two leading ladies, playing Daisy and Violet, Kaela Antolino and Courtney Poston perfectly complemented each other, and were in sync the entire show.
But it was their rendition of “Who Will Love Me As I Am?” and “I Will Never Leave You” that truly moved me, and much of the audience. Both performances were spellbinding.
Antolino and Poston effortlessly commanded the stage throughout the show, giving us their all. Their passion, their believability, all of it came together neatly. The ladies in the show weren’t the only ones, though, that gave outstanding performances. The three leading men Terry (Matthew Korinko), Buddy (Rick Pena), and Jake (Jerel Brown) were also notable, especially in their respective big numbers.
Besides the talent, the story itself, was moving and touching and unlike many shows of today, it did not end as I expected, leaving me stunned but satisfied by the finale.
“I’m not a fan of musicals but this one blew me away, especially the unforeseen ending,” commented my colleague Gideon Grudo. “I’m a fan of endings like this. They both got what they wanted, just not in the way they wanted it.”
If You Go:
What: Side Show
Where: Slow Burn Theatre at West Boca High, 12811 West Glades Rd. Boca Raton
When: Through Feb. 10
How Much: $20-$35
More Info: SlowBurnTheatre.org