The Black Rep really knows how to wind up a season. Last year they went out strong with the ebullient Bubbling Brown Sugar
. This year they outdid even that with Damn Yankees!
In the Black Rep's hands, this timeworn musical about the Devil's attempt to claim a baseball lover's soul was sinfully entertaining. In addition to its high-voltage energy, the show veritably oozed bonhomie. J. Samuel Davis, who usually plays leads in Black Rep productions, came along for the ride in a supporting role -- and seemed to have a ball doing it. As the crusty manager, Drummond Crenshaw had a blast acting with his daughter Rheaume, who portrayed the nosy newspaper reporter. In a production that was a triumph of imagination realized, Damn Yankees!
was an unbeatable team effort.