When I arrived in the main hall of the Historic Post Office I immediately took notice of the stunning renovations that mixed well the classic elements of the building and modern flare. Also, the new addition that houses the theater is ultra modern and equally stunning. There is a courtyard just outside of the lounge with fantastic water features and strolling paths to enjoy prior to the show and during intermissions.
Parfumerie, written by Milos Laszlo and directed by Mark Brokaw was a true delight. The stage was brilliantly designed and the lighting left nothing to be desired. The winter effects of snow outside of the parfumerie instantly transported me to a winter wonderland. The shelves stacked with parfume, creams and other apothecary goods made me want to hop on stage and begin shopping.
The cast was all around pleasant to watch. As the play began I was a bit concerned about the pacing. It seemed a bit slow and disjointed. However, within minutes the stage became very busy with a Christmas rush and there were patrons and employees abound. Suddenly, it was all very exciting and from then on I enjoyed the show. The lead character Mr. Miklos Hammerschmidt played by Richard Schiff was believable as the shop-owner and his slight Hungarian accent was much appreciated. It would have been a more believable situation had all of the actors prepared Hungarian accents.
Set during Christmas in 1937 the other accents sounded more to the tune of Standard American of that era. Then again perhaps all of the employees and patrons hailed from the Americas or Great Britain. My two favorite characters were the Cashier, Miss Elizabeth Molnar, played by Jayne Taini and the Delivery Boy, Arpad Novack, played by Jacob Kemp. Both were full of energy that came across very natural and unforced. They provided much of the comic relief. On the other, hand I was not as impressed with the Leading Lady, Miss Amalia Balash, played by Deborah Ann Woll. Her over-the-top style was a bit exhausting at times and her use of the stage a tad sloppy. She was not the worst I simply would have enjoyed a bit more depth and range from such an important role in the play. Her secret love interest, Mr. George Horvath, played by Eddie Kaye Thomas was not as over-the-top. However, I did feel a lack of chemistry between he and Miss Amalia Balash.
Overall I had a grand time. Definitely go to see Parfumerieif you need to get into the Christmas spirit.
Oh, just one note if you need to leave the theater during the show for any reason. Provided is a wonderful viewing box, called the Silent Room. I know because it happened to me. I was there alone and I loved it. What a view and the sound was impeccable through the speakers. I felt like a VIP.