“One of the best scripts… brought to life at Western Reserve Playhouse”

How many times have you looked forward to tomorrow morning or how many times have you dreaded tomorrow morning? Fear, dread and the wonderful anticipation of the sunrise prepare us for the change in our lives that will come tomorrow morning.

This may be the root of our lives and the plot of Laurence Wythe’s musical “Tomorrow Morning,” which is on stage through March 24 at Western Reserve Playhouse. Wythe wrote the book, music and lyrics.

The plot involves two couples who are separated by a span of time. Jack and Catherine, who are in their late 30s, are getting divorced. They argue about their divorce settlement. Adam, their 10-year-old son, disappears, sending them into hysterics.

John and Kat, who are in their 20s, are getting married. On the eve of their wedding, Kat finds out that she is pregnant. When she informs her fiancé, he walks out on her.

The show is directed by Ian Atwood, with musical direction by Bryan Bird.

Atwood designed a set showing a stage divided in half. On stage right is Kat (Madeline Krucek), who lives in her mother’s home. The audience sees Kat visited by John (Tony Heffner). They talk about tomorrow morning, their wedding day.

On stage left is Catherine (Dawn Sniadak-Yamokoski), who lives with her husband, Jack (Michael Snider), and Adam, their son. Adam never appears on stage. Catherine and Jack talk about their 10-year marriage and the divorce agreement they plan to sign tomorrow morning. She has a more successful career than he. She is the editor of a major publication, and he, a screenwriter, has not had much success.

Wythe has created characters that ring true. They do the good and the dumb things we see happening all around us, but their honesty makes their scenes seem to be our biography.

“Tomorrow Morning” is a musical with 18 different songs. Wythe wrote romantic love songs including “Catherine’s Moment,” a funny song titled, “The Pool Guy,” a song about Adam called “Look What We Made” and, of course, other songs about life and love. “The Secret Tango” permits each character a chance to reveal a secret, which will implode in the life of at least one other character if that secret is ever revealed.

Catherine’s secret is she likes to shop. Kat keeps a secret of her need to snack and that snacking secret has helped her gain so much weight she’s afraid she won’t fit into her wedding dress. John is addicted to pornography and must keep it hidden from Kat. Finally, Jack’s secret is his secret dates with a woman at the office where he works.

Bird did an excellent job with the instruments, the voices and the pacing of the musical numbers. Bird has musical experience at most of the best musical theaters in Cleveland and brought that experience to work on this production.

This is one of the best scripts I’ve seen brought to life at Western Reserve Playhouse.

For ticket information, call 330-620-7314 or visit www.westernreserveplayhouse.org.

 

David Ritchey has a Ph.D. in communications and is a professor of communications at The University of Akron. He is a member of the American Theatre Critics Association and the Cleveland Critics Circle.