SHE Loves Me arizona Repertory Theatre
“Easy Street” is...my favorite part of the musical. It’s delightfully campy. Christopher Violett (Rooster) and Cathy Hirsch (Lily St Regis) fit the bill. With over-the-top shenanigans and boisterous showmanship, they are just right.
Cathy Hirsch as Lily St. Regis and Christopher Violett as Rooster make a ditzy and dynamic duo, playing off of each other’s comedic timing with aplomb.
Christopher Violett and Cathy Hirsch as swindlers Rooster and Lily earned belly laughs with their antics.
But make no mistake, it’s Mr. Boddy who’s the unmistakable star of this show, and Christopher Violett is sensational in the part. He possesses all the charm of The Bachelorette’s Chris Harrison, and creates a comfortable and companionable rapport with the audience from the very first scene...But it’s Violett’s enthusiasm and energy that you’ll remember long after the final bows.
Violett’s performance is masterful, and a huge reason why audiences will find Broadway Palm’s production of Clue: the Musical so entertaining and all-consuming.
Two fresh faces give wowser performances in the Shelterbelt’s local premiere of a two-actor music, ‘john & jen’...Violett has a resonant baritone with dead-on pitch. He is particularly skilled at character-driven comedy, consistently pulling laughs from inventive bits of business and inspired line readings. Whether a thumb-sucking baby giving his 6-year-old sister a frightened, quizzical look, or a rebellious preteen eager to escape Mom’s clutches at summer camp, Violett holds the audience in stiches...it leaves you hoping this isn’t the last we see of Violett...
Lucky for us their script settled into competent hands and evolved into an ideal vehicle for the exquisite musical talents of Christopher Violett...Violett in dual roles (mostly sung) creates fascinating characters involved in complex familial dysfunctions...We have to accept the illusion that these characters age within seconds...Violett actually portrays John as an infant for two scenes - and makes it work.
Newcomer Christopher Violett showed depth and range as a brother then son in a two-actor musical about family dysfunction set in the Vietnam War era.
Shelterbelt Theatre’s john & jen boasted two first rate performances...In the hands of ultra-talented performers, Christopher Violett and Amanda Miller, the drama came off brilliantly.
...there are some topnotch performances...First on the list is Christopher Violett who plays the role of Dickon. He appears late in Act One and takes over the show with two songs, ‘Winter’s On The Wing’ in that act and ‘Wick’ in Act Two. He is dynamic and strong with a beautiful voice and an aptitude for character acting.
Even the piece’s major villain, Mordred (played with a winning sneer by Christopher Violett) disappears without a showdown...
Not to be forgotten is Christopher Violett as Mordred. Violett appears born to play the smarmy Mordred. He and his fellow knight’s performance of “Fie on Goodness” is one of the show’s musical highlights.
Many members of the musical’s cast handled their roles like seasoned pros. Actors like Christopher Violett, who plays ladies man Steven Kodaly, nearly put the 1963 cast recording to shame with their well-honed vocal skills.
The shops other employees are all quite fine: Christopher Violett suave and untrustworthy as a ladies’ man...
...a great stage presence by the swaggering Christopher Violett as Cousin Kevin...
Christopher Violett plays a despotic latin governor with panache...