"9 to 5, The Musical" has hit its stride at Clear Space Theatre Company in Rehoboth Beach. The show is a delightful and eye-opening return to the office workplace of the 1970s. Three women find unexpected camaraderie and fantasize about how to handle their impossible, misogynistic boss, Franklin Hart, played in this production by actor David Warick.
Dolly Parton’s music and lyrics are a welcome expansion to the film version. Director David Button spent hours to ensure that the era was properly captured in order to convey an authentic backdrop reflecting the dated feel of the '70s. No computers in this office, just the new IBM Selectrix with self-correcting ribbons! Costumes and hairstyles look just right with tippy high heels and impossible, gravity-defying hairdos. Button even interviewed women who were in the workforce through the late '70s to gain a sense of instinct to fit character portrayals.
Seats are selling quickly. Free on-street parking is available. The final three performances are 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday, May 17 and 18, and 3 p.m., Sunday, May 19.
Reservations are available through the box office at 302-227-2270 or at www.ClearSpaceTheatre.org. Group rates are available.