Review: Washington City Paper– Kiss Me Kate at NextStop Theatre Company

The Herndon-based NextStop Theatre Company’s game new production with a cast of 11 (plus a four-piece orchestra directed by pianist Steve Przybylski) feels a little cramped—the company and its ancestor, the Elden Street Players, have operated out of their cozy black box space in a strip mall for more than 25 years—but it’s enjoyable nonetheless. It’s longer on spit than it is on polish, but that’s not much of a problem in a show about a striving theatre company. Paul Scanlan is likably harried as the beleaguered Fred/Petruchio, and slightly more at ease with the material than his fellows. Karen Vincent, as Lilli/Kate, more than matches him as a singer, though, making her mark early with “So in Love,” one of the show’s most enduring numbers.

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