Cole Porter’s Anything Goes
Runaway Stage proves that rumors of the death of tap dancing have been greatly exaggerated; their energetic production of Cole Porter’s Anything Goes puts the hoofers to work with Christina Paulson-Louk’s fine work. Ruth Phillips is wonderful as jaded evangelist-turned-showgirl Reno Sweeney, while Joshua James brings the energy he’s known for to the role of Billy, the lovesick cruise-ship stowaway. Bob Baxter does double-duty as the director and the role of Moonface Martin, the not-so-mad mobster. But the production suffers a tad from what we might call the Breakfast at Tiffany’s effect; stereotypical comic portrayals of Asians are just not funny these days.
Runaway Stage, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays; $15-$20. 24th Street Theatre, 2791 24th Street; (916) 207-1226; www.runawaystage.com. Through September 28.