On a recent Sunday, Holly and I went to Jack London State Historic Park to see the Transcendence Theater Company’s new show, “Road Trip”.
After more than a year of absence from the stage due to the coronavirus, this latest achievement in an excellent live theater proves once again that Transcendence Theater Company is the gift that continues to give to our community.
“Road Trip” is an original and innovative play written by the local company of former Broadway stars. Its cast of accomplished actors and musicians made for a lively two hour production that seemed to go by quickly and got us singing and stomping on this great selection of songs. From “Rocky Mountain High” and “Vegas” to “New York, New York” and “I Left My Heart in San Francisco”, it’s truly a musical road trip through our country.
What made this performance especially fun was that the music was based on a more contemporary catalog, rather than the Broadway show tunes we’d expect from past performances. The songs brought out the theme perfectly while the actors gave it their all. Kudos to Susan Draus of TTC for creating this playlist.
“Road Trip” begins with the 10 cast members on stage, sitting in office chairs adorned with another state’s license plate – we knew we were going for a fun ride. Their perfect vocals and natural chemistry with each other on stage all added to a great display of talent.
Director / choreographer Jessica Coffman developed a wonderful energy on stage directing the way the artists moved, danced and performed.
We loved this new production, and of the dozen Transcendence Theater shows I’ve seen over the past decade, this may be my second favorite, and I can’t remember which is # 1 . If you’ve never been to one of their shows, this one is not to be missed. If you’ve seen TTC shows in the past but been locked up because of the virus, this show is sure to cheer you up. The public will not be disappointed.
Although masks are required by members of the public to protect actors and other clients, since we were outside in the fresh air, they were comfortable and not a problem.
“Road Trip” runs until August 29, every Friday and Sunday at 7:30 p.m. Tickets range from $ 49 to $ 129. Get all the details at transcendencetheatre.org.
Steve Kyle is a longtime Sonoma resident and active volunteer who, along with his wife Holly, was named the Sonoma Valley Muse in 2018.