9 to 5 ladies silence George in entertaining production 28/04/17 : the chronicle.ie

9 to 5 ladies silence George in entertaining production 28/04/17

| April 28, 2017

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The Wexford Light Opera Society have another smash hit on their hands with their production of the Dolly Parton Musical  9 to 5 which is based on the 1980 movie of the same name.

The show has been running at the National Opera House since the start of the week and concludes this weekend.

Once again the talent and experience of the WLOS cast comes to life in this fast moving entertaining musical which centres on the downtrodden working lives of three women Violet (Aileen Donohoe), Doralee (Sharon Clancy) and Judy (Maggs Jacob). All three work in Consolidated Industries which is presided over the sexist, lecherous and pompous Franklin Hart (George Lawlor).

In a nutshell the story involves the hard-done-by trio of ladies fantasising over a joint about how they would get rid of their terrible boss.

There is an accidental poisoning, threats to involve the police and finally the women imprison Hart in his own house while his wife is away. When the boss is absent the ladies transform the working conditions at Consolidated Industries with longer breaks, better conditions and support services and productivity booms.

Such is the success of their efforts that one of them is eventually appointed CEO while Hart is transferred to the Bolivia Office.

There are splendid and strong performances each of from the three ladies who with Hart are at the centre of this Show, although Hart disappears for a time while he is literally tied up in his own home.

Elizabeth Rose Browne is Roz Keith a lady desperate to impress the boss and she is fabulously entertaining in the role.

It’s a fast-paced show with plenty of fine singing and a load of comic and light-hearted moments that make it a really enjoyable performance with the quality of the performances by individual cast members complimented by a very effective set..

Perhaps the most striking feature of this particular production was the great success which Violet, Doralee and Judy had in silencing George Lawlor, at one stage leaving him hanging helplessly from the ceiling of his house

Silencing George is a feat not achieved by many and for that alone the trio deserve some sort of recognition. Perhaps even a civic reception!

I noticed that one of George’s Council sparring partners, Lisa McDonald, is a sponsor of the show, through her firm McDonald Solicitors . She will surely feel it was money well spent achieving as it did something on stage which they can never manage in the Council chamber———the silencing of George.

Well done to all involved on another fine production.

Ger Walsh

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