The Larcom Theater in downtown Beverly, MA has new ownership and it is nothing but a great thing! Saturday night the Larcom Theater brought a little piece of history back home. Saturday February 11th 2017 the theater held it first Vaudeville style show since the early Twentieth century. For those of you that are not familiar with this style of entertainment a Vaudeville show is a style of entertainment that includes a variety of different types of talent including but not limited to song, dance, comedy and magic among many others. The show included nine acts and each had their own style and presence on stage for sure!
Of the nine acts that performed three of them were my absolute favorites and just blew my mind of what I was expecting. Cape Ann Improv was up first and I always say that the first act has it cut out for them when it comes to warming up the crowd however; I was quite impressed with what they had to offer the audience. Since it was the weekend before Valentine’s Day, they came out swinging with a game full of audience participation. This game was for the audience to provide some of their first names and the group had to create two-minute romantic movie scenes based on the first letters of some of the names that they were given. It was a great start to the night.
The show also featured four comedians who all came out and entertained the crowd with nothing but laughs and enthusiasm. The comedic MC host for the evening Sterling Smith sort of lead the charge with her unique style of personal comedy and discussion which got the crowd going. This was followed up by local comic WIll Martin. Will Martin is a comic we have seen before when we hosted the North Shore’s Last Comic standing contest and let me say he is funny and there was some definite improvement with his set and timing. He did still seem a little nervous however, the fact that he did not let his nerves get the best of him was great to see. He is funny with a real world perspective that not many of us are willing to invite into our daily lives. The other two comics featured on the show were Susanne Boitano who came out and gave us a great set which showed she had experience around the comedy scene. The last comic Jere Pilapil just made me happy to be where I was. He was full of energy, engaging and downright funny. His take on life and relationships made me feel like he was talking directly to me and that is a wonderful thing. If you have the chance to see him, perform I would say go if you can (for sure.)
The only musical act for the night was The Venus Mars Project and I cannot say enough good things about this duo. They normally perform with a full band however that night only the two lead vocalists came out and it was stunning to watch and listen to them perform together. Their names are Jacyn Tremblay and Peter Tentindo. I could listen to the two of them for hours. They sung a combination of covers and originals. I found Peter’s voice to be strong and powerful while still elegant and Jacyn’s voice was simply hauntingly beautiful that packed a serious punch when it came to those high notes.
The show also featured two different types of performances which haven’t been seen in Beverly in many many years or never even seen before the and This brings me to the more racy part of the evening when Betsey Feathers came to the stage. This group had women of all shapes and sizes and that is respectable for sure (showing that there is not just one type of women on this planet.) I think that it was a solid performance and that those girls had some moves. They wow’d the crowd and defiantly showed that this could help bring the younger generation into the art’s in downtown Beverly which has never been seen at theaters in the area before. The second act that was unique was Seiren of the circle was an act consisting of a woman and a hula-hoop. Now while I cannot hula-hoop to save my life and most likely look like a drunken toddler trying to do so I do realize that this is a talent for sure. She had a solid performance and gave a new spin on hula hoop dancing.
Lastly, I want to talk about the only magical act that they had for the evening and I LOVED him! His name was Ben Pratt and I thought that he was engaging, silly, funny and fun. I found his act to be rather quick (and I am not sure if it is because some of the other acts ran longer than expected) however even though this could have been a definite downfall for Ben I think that he used his allotted time wisely and kept the audience interested as it was getting later in the evening. I was very impressed with that he had to offer and would go see him again in a second and highly recommend that anyone who has the chance do the same.
All and all I think this show was the best value for your buck as in terms of what you get for what you're paying the show had 9 acts and tickets were at a really low price. Compared to other events going on in the city at the same time this show gave you everything you could expect and more. The show ran for about 2.5 hours which is not seen anywhere else and I think this could be a huge success going forward. Congrats, to everyone involved in putting this show together. The hard work, dedication and passion did not go unnoticed whatsoever.
For more information on the Larcom Theatre visit: www.LarcomTheatre.com.
Written by Nicole Wood
(Co-Owner and Staff Writer/Editor)
Wood Media Theater Reviewers are a husband and wife team which includes Mark & Nicole Wood of Beverly.