Thoroughly Modern Millie
Thoroughly Modern Millie, the new production at Runaway Stage, has all the things that make their shows enjoyable: a pair of fantastic lead voices for Millie (Andrea St. Clair) and Jimmy (Scott Woodard), some energetic steppin’ that includes a bit of tap dancing, a live orchestra and a cute character turn by Tevye Ditter, who normally plays leading roles.And it also has the annoying “snap,” “crackle” and “pop” from the sound system.
But ignoring the sound dysfunction is a bit easier when there’s so much action on stage, including some fun with a row of doors (here’s the rule of comedy: Slapstick rises proportionally to the number of doors visible) and a sort of typewriter ballet in the steno pool. Although some of the less-than-politically-correct stereotypes date the play, it’s all in good fun, with a true comedic ending. That is, the bad guy gets comeuppance, and the good guy gets the girl.