The cast is comprised of theater actors whose credits span from Broadway to Off Broadway. Brian Charles Johnson was sly as the head of Earth Corp, Mr ICE. Having seen him play bit parts in both Broadway’s Spring Awakening and American Idiot, it was nice to see him command the stage. He possessed a strong presence, which I already knew he had. It would’ve been easy to have gone over the top but his subtlety made his character enjoyable to watch. Molly McAdoo as Jill Sosmiley, possessed a perfect amount of pep and comedic flare. She shined throughout the show, especially during her musical number “I’m so smiley.” Debbie Andrews was enjoyable to watch. Debbie as Dorna was mellow yet resistant towards the corrupt futuristic society. Mike Blaxill as Nest could’ve possessed a little more confidence, and I wished he was a bit more resistant in having to conform to what he doesn’t believe in.
Though Barcode feels like it’s still in one of its first stages of development, this catchy rock musical has a lot of promise. With some re-writes this show can certainly take off in a more commercial run. I’m interested to see more, but I hope it doesn’t get lost in the future. Also I want a cast recording as soon as possible!