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"The lunatic, the lover and the poet are, of imagination, all compact." If Shakespeare's words are accurate, each of us involved with Ranger Playhouse is part lunatic, part lover, part poet. This year we were privileged to see some of the most imaginative and inventive characterizations in 7 of our plays.

Ironically, we bid hello to our dramatics season with Bye Bye Birdie. Kudos to Cleve Christie in the title role and to Mitch Weitzner, Terri Epstein, Marcie Ratner, Kenny Zuckerbred, Cindy Rogovin, Jeff Silverman and David Cutler. Remember Birdie's beer drinking and the mass faint as a result of Cleve's rendition of "Honestly Sincere."

Cole Porter's Can Can was our second show. The brilliant and witty songs set in Paris provided the Lower Seniors and Seniors with a rewarding vehicle in which to display their talents. The show began with the haunting "I Love Paris" sung by the entire chorus. Other chorus songs included "Montmartre," "Can Can," and "Don't You Love Me." Richard Waxman and Linda Sternberg were most effective as the unlikely

lovers singing "C'est Magnifique" and "Live and Let Live," and remember Richie's acting prowess in his emotionally charged "It's All Right With Me." Comic relief was successfully provided by Jon Sloan, Linda Windheim and Mike Silverstein.

The youngest Munchkins and Inters entertained us next with Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. From chorus to lead, everyone gave his all. Jeff Lichtman and Stacey Silverman as Charactacus Potts and Truly Scrumptious were delightful. As were David Kaplan as Grandpa, Robert Gilbert and Tina Friedman as the Baron and Baroness, Ren Wolfe as the Childcatcher and Todd Schnitt as the Toymaker.

Carnival was presented the following week with Jonathan Judd and Lisa Goldfarb as the leads. Outstanding were Suzanne Siegel singing "The Grand Imperial Cirquede Paris" and Barry Hirsch singing "Be A Clown."
The night before visiting day, Guys and Dolls was the featured show. Matt Barkoff and Debbie Firsty were delightful as Sky and Sarah as were Matty Finklestein and Elaine Beiber as Nathan and Adelaide. Wayne Firsty and Steve Lichtman did a beautiful job with the title song. Others in the cast were Jerry Fruchtman, Mark Lipton, Caren Friedman, Adam Stranger and Gary Simon. The most memorable numbers were Luck Be A Lady Tonight, Adelaide's Lament and Sit Down You're Rocking The Boat.
The complete, uncut, two hours long was Applause. The polish and sophisticated warmth of Sherri Olan as Marge Channing truly impressed our audience. Jill Cohen as the conniving, manipulating Eve Harrington was exciting. Jeff Mutterperl in his acting debut, was warm and natural. Other lovely jobs were turned in by Andy Forman, Jon Cohen, Rhonda Barkoff, Beth Rubin, Richie