Review: Amélie is An Act of God

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A few weeks ago, I shared which shows I was excited to see this season, and the wait was totally worth it.

I got to check out opening night of An Act of God at Fulton Theatre and then had a Saturday date night with my mama to see Amélie at Open Stage. A great weekend full of great local talent!

An Act of God at Fulton Theatre

An Act of God opened at Fulton Theatre’s Tell Studio Theatre on Thursday, and it’s an hour and a half packed with quick quips, satire, and laughs.

Erin Maguire — an absolute firecracker — plays God, and her boundless energy is contagious. Her snark re-energizes her “new” Ten Commandments, which are a bit more fitting for the state of the world today — and are all shared while God sips on a few cocktails or from her bright red lip-shaped couch.

Her faithful “wingmen” – the oh-so-pious Gabriel (Michael Iannucci) and the ever-inquisitive Michael (Anson Woodin) – provide their own laughs. The synergy between the trio is absolutely heavenly.

Just a side note that this show is definitely envelope-pushing so it may not be for the faint of heart. All in good fun, though!

An Act of God runs through March 8. Grab tickets here. I’d save some time to visit Max’s Eatery before the show. They have some fun “tiki-themed” cocktails during February!

Amélie at Open Stage

Open Stage is celebrating its first show of 2020 with a run of Amélie, a whimsical, feel-good, do-good musical based on the movie of the same name.

The show follows Amélie, a huge-hearted French waitress who commits her time to helping her friends and family following the death of Princess Diana. The show is charming and sweet but has a sensual, snarky side that will keep you laughing throughout the show.

I cannot talk about this show without mentioning TJ Creedon’s performance as Elton John.

As soon as he finished his performance, the headline “Come for Amélie, stay for Elton” popped into my head because I was blown away. I think my mom and I both were wiping away tears at the end of the first act because Creedon’s — and honestly the rest of the cast’s — performances were just incredible.

I may be dramatic, but I can honestly say it was one of the top five live performances I have ever seen (this may be right behind seeing Taylor Swift from the third row when I was 18. Go ahead, judge me.) Just chills.

I love visiting Open Stage because its set up is so intimate, and the cozy main stage only makes Amélie’s spirit that much sweeter. Plus, I love seeing the company’s familiar faces and their talent shine in different shows.

Amélie runs through March 8 and is definitely not to be missed. Grab your tickets here.

Sara Bozich
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