[Kelly's] steely core of sound caught the resonance of the small theater. Her voice’s size was complemented by its agility, and she navigated the minefields of “Ombre pallide” (Pale shades, I know you hear me) with few slips. She also showed great expressive contrast, particularly between the two sections of “Ah, mio cor!”
Carl Lucania and Kelly Rubinsohn are hilarious as the easily duped parents who let visions of Austrian castles cloud their better judgment.
Amy Alvino and Kelly Rubinsohn in supporting female roles both sang beautifully and provided deft character touches in their brief featured moments.
Although the saga takes place in New York City, its themes are relevant to all of humanity. Anna Maurrant, Rose’s mother, is convincingly conveyed by senior English and music double major Kelly Rubinsohn. A woman who struggles with her husband and who has become hardened and argumentative over the years, Anna has a fateful affair with the milkman, Sankey (played by junior music major Scott Wasserman).
Through her resounding voice and determined acting, Rubinsohn manages to appear lost in her character’s strife as her gossiping neighbors begin to spread rumors of her iniquity. Rubinsohn’s number with her young stage son, Willie (played by Joel Neely), was one heart-pounding moment of expression and emotion. Singing about how she can’t wait for her son to grow up to be a respectable man, Rubinsohn manages to mold herself into the persona of a conflicted but nurturing woman. She acts marvelously as she vocally describes who she wants her son to become and what her husband can no longer be to her. This is urban poetry presented in a way only Hughes can passionately and lyrically express.
Kelly Rubinsohn (Lucy Brown, Walt Dreary) was my favorite comedic character in the musical.