indie women productions has brought some amazing musicals to Ottawa, from the recent high-energy The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee to its spectacular Next to Normal. Their latest and last offering, A Man of No Importance, has some great moments but it’s nowhere near the same league as those modern classics.
This show follows a non-descript bus driver as he leads a community theatre group in a contentious production of Oscar Wilde’s Salome. Along the way, he comes to terms with his own sexual identity and discovers who his true friends are. It’s a sometimes predictable and often slow-moving story with some very sweet scenes and likeable characters. Coming from the team who brought us Seussical, the songs in this contemporary American musical are similarly pleasant without being the least bit memorable – which is basically how I felt about the show in general.