Intrepid Shakespeare Company does a bang-up job with Rebecca Feldman and William Finn’s The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, now marking 10 years since it opened on Broadway. The spacious theater on the campus of San Marcos High is ideal for this crowd-pleasing production, directed by former Moonlight Stage Production artistic director Kathy Brombacher. Geno Carr and his wife, Nancy Snow Carr, anchor a delightfully eccentric cast, with Omri Schein and Sarah Errington standouts among the young spelling contestants.
Between the “use-it-in-a-sentence” quips of Geno Carr’s uptight vice principal, the good-sport audience contestants and musical numbers that are just the right length and gravity, … Spelling Bee is a splendiferous – hope that’s spelled correctly – two hours of entertainment.
David L. Coddon is theater critic for San Diego CityBeat