Orange County Theatre Reviews

Written by Daniella Litvak 


Photo Courtesy : Jennifer Owens

After a long workweek, there is nothing like escaping to the theatre and watching people on stage complain about their jobs. In this play 9 to 5 at the Attic Theatre, we get to meet three of these people. Judy (Allison C. McGuire) recently entered the workforce for the first time because of her divorce. Violet (Maggie Ikerd) was passed over for a promotion. Oh, and everyone thinks Doralee (Nicole Gerardi) is sleeping with the boss.   The person responsible for all this misery is Franklin Hart – a “sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot” and CEO of Consolidated Companies.  Judy, Violet, and Doralee fantasize about taking Hart down, not realizing their dreams are about to come true.

Going into the show, I knew 9 to 5 had been adapted from a pretty successful 80s movie I never watched about disgruntled employees exacting revenge on their boss. Knowing that, I was really surprised in how much the show indulged in spectacle: a gangster movie sequence, a chorus line dressed exactly like the secondary antagonist, animated animals, and I could go on.

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Photo Courtesy : Jennifer Owens

I love the show for surprising me[1] and keeping me on my toes. I also appreciate its optimistic message on how it’s possible to change your workplace for the better. Yet I feel like the show spent too much time setting things up. While I understand wanting to end the first act on a great moment. I felt they only did it because it was grand and dramatic. I felt it was a plot point that happened way too late in the show. Basically, letting each character overcome their obstacles way too easily. I wanted more conflict about whether the protagonists were doing the right thing, more moments showing how these three woman could become fire-forged friends.

Janet McGregor who plays Roz, Mr. Hart’s assistant, was phenomenal. If the voices weren’t always the strongest, the performances and choreography more than made up for it. As for the songs themselves, they were fun during the show, but I’m not in any sort of hurry to start searching for the soundtrack, so I can listen to it over and over again. 

Do I wish some things were different? Yes. But 9 to 5 is worth seeing for the great costumes, funny dialogue, and zany performances.          



[1] The light research I did afterwards indicates that the musical is pretty faithful to the movie. So if you have seen the movie, you probably won’t be as astonished as I was.

My Review
7.5 Overall
1.7 Users (1 vote)

-Funny premise
-Talented Cast of Actors
-Very close to the original material.


-Not enough obstacles for the main characters.
-Songs are not that memorable.


Do I wish some things were different? Yes. But 9 to 5 is worth seeing for the great costumes, funny dialogue, and zany performances.

Set & Design1.5
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Ninetofive & beyond
The musical was more than a pleasant surprise. My evening was busy lusting for blondies and ample breasts. For any more in-depth review there is a service charge... lol
June 28, 2015, 4:36 pm
Set & Design1.5
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