Theatre review by Steve Duffy –
Newly divorced Elizabeth (Jackie Burns), an urban planner, moves to New York City for a fresh start. She meets her friends Kate (Tamyra Gray), a kindergarten teacher, and Lucas (Anthony Rapp), a community organizer. Kate suggests that Elizabeth start using the name “Liz” and seek out new experiences while Lucas suggests that she go back to her college nickname, “Beth,” and start making professional connections in the city. “Liz” stays in the park with Kate while “Beth” leaves with Lucas, and the remainder of the show depicts two paths that Elizabeth’s life could take.
It may sound confusing and hard to follow, but it’s not. To help with the two-sided story, Liz wears glasses and Beth does not.
Burns’s vocals are amazing. She belted out every song she sang with heart and passion. What I loved about her was that she owned the stage and her two-sided character.
“American Idol” alum Tamyra Gray’s vocals and performance were definitely an audience favorite.
The male leads of the show were both a little underwhelming. Anthony Rapp really didn’t have a moment in the spotlight except for his song “You Don’t Need To Love Me.” Matthew Hydzik as Liz’s husband, Josh, doesn’t have too much depth until he performs “Hey Kid.”
Even though I left the theatre with no song still swirling around in my head, a few of my favorites were “Best Worst Mistake”, “Some Other Me”, and “What Would You Do?” all songs written by Tom Kitt, (music) and Brian Yorkey (book and lyrics) who created the award winning Next to Normal.
Loss and choices are a part of life and when we make one decision we lose the other options that lay ahead of us. Life would be so much easier if we could see the future based on our choices, but since we can’t, we can watch Liz/Beth’s unfold before us.
There are a few stellar moments that make this show worth seeing.
Running Time: 2hrs, 35mins with a 15 min Intermission
Tickets for If/Then are currently on sale and may be purchased through Ticketmaster 800-982-2787, and by visiting www.BroadwayInBoston.com. Tickets will also be sold directly at the Boston Opera House Box Office, 539 Washington Street, Boston. Performances through July 17, 2016.