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Cerritos College • Norwalk, Calif.

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‘Adding Machine: A Musical’ is a timeless performance


The Associated Students at Cerritos College and the theater department presented a live musical of the 1923 adaptation drama of “The Adding Machine,” and it was spectacular, well-produced and greatly choreographed.

This live adaptation was highly entertaining and will leave anyone watching the show satisfied due to its theatrical presence and interaction.

The entire production was professionally well done and felt more like a legit, mini Broadway musical.

Brandt Reiter, David Betancourt and the entire production cast did an amazing job on putting together the adaptation to life mainly because it stayed true to the time period of the story’s setting that it felt real as possible.

Reiter did a magnificent job on directing the show and respectively knew how to adapt the original story into a live production that felt so real as possible.

The cast of characters were the main highlight of the entire show and their performances were out of this world.

All of the cast members were true to its characters as much as possible to the point that it felt realistic and believable to the audience.

The vocals and portrayals of the characters left a huge impression to the audience of how much talent this show has.

It was well choreographed and felt relevant to the 1920s dance style.

The costumes and makeup were appropriate to the story’s time setting.

“The Adding Machine” is a dark satirical examination of Capitalism in the early 20th century and is inspired by the Expressionist movement in Weimar, Germany.

Mr. Zero, played by Hunter Ryti, is a middle-aged accountant and is “let go” from his job of 25 years.

While dealing with an intensive relationship with his wife, played by Marie Igano, and female assistant, he kills his boss, played by Christopher Amador, and finds himself facing execution.

In the afterlife, after not finding true happiness, he discovers his true nature and has a second opportunity to become a better person.

“Adding Machine: A Musical” is a live adaptation of the 1923 expressionist drama of the same name by American playwright and Pulitzer Prize winner, Elmer Rice.

The first adaptation of the play as a musical was debuted in Illinois at the Next Theatre Company in 2007.

It was also adapted on the big screen, titled with the same name, released on Sept. 23, 1969.

This musical is a must watch and will not disappoint.




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About the Contributor
Eunice Barron, Co-Online Editor
Eunice Barron is a staff writer for Talon Marks and a multimedia journalism major at Cerritos College. She is an entertainment and political media enthusiast. She hopes to transfer to Cal State Fullerton to obtain a bachelor's degree in Journalism and Communications. Her dream job is to be a political journalist for the New York Times, Los Angeles Times or NBC Universal.
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