Stand Room Only Productions revives the rock musical Feeling Alright. Built around popular songs of the 1960s, the show follows a group of former bandmates and friends who are reunited for the first time in a decade. The six characters fall into one of two categories, those that left and those that stayed. Big city banker Matt (played by Marco Camacho) is among those that left. Greg (J.D. Rose in a reprise of his role from SRO's 2013 production) also left. He went to Vietnam, came back and is now the school's maintenance man. Among those that stayed is Johnny (Jeff Taylor, also reprising his role from the 2013 production). Johnny was a little bit too fun loving in college and basically majored in partying. He's more mellow now, but still ready to have a good time.
There's plenty of fun and rocking music in Feeling Alright but playwright Michael Weems tells us it's a bittersweet story. “We find the previous bandmates and friends reunited after having been mostly estranged for ten years,” he tells us. “Their separation was equal parts dreaming too big and running a bit too far to find a new world. Their reunion brings to light [both the good times and] the ‘not so good times’ … the unresolved relationships, underlying secrets and those things that were never said. In the end, while there isn’t a picture perfect bow to their story, there is closure and understanding.”
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8 p.m. May 15, 16, 17, 22 and 23, 3 p.m. May 18. Obsidian Art Space, 3522 White Oak. For information, call 713-300-2358 or visit sro-productions.com. $27.50.
May 15-17, 8 p.m.; Sun., May 18, 3 p.m.; May 22-23, 8 p.m., 2014