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The Trestle at Pope Lick Creek
a Play
CATEGORY :
by Naomi Wallace

COMPANY : Theatre Emory [WEBSITE]
VENUE : Mary Gray Munroe Theater [WEBSITE]
ID# 369

SHOWING : October 24, 2001 - November 10, 2001

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PRODUCTION DESCRIPTION


CAST & CREW LIST
Director Vincent Murphy
ensemble Janice Akers
ensemble Christopher DesRoaches
ensemble Rachel Garner
ensemble Bart Hansard
ensemble Tim McDonough
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REVIEWS

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The Emperor's New Clothes
by HeddaGabler
Friday, October 26, 2001
4.0
Take a look at The Trestle at Pope Lick Creek by Naomi Wallace. The Emperor has no clothes! There, I said it. Just because a playwright is from an underrepresented group, writes plays that are not constructed in the Western manner, contain frank sex scenes and profanity and feature proactive female characters, it does not automatically follow that the play is important, poignant, or even coherent. One of our local theater giants went so far as to say (in print!)that Wallace's writtings are reminiscent of Shakespeare, Ibsen, Chekhov, and Strindberg. Come on, talk about hyperbole! While it is a good idea to produce new playwrites and explore new voices, lets not abandon all reason. The truth is that the "Trestle" script is not very good. It is full of underdeveloped subplots, too numerous and often confusing or incomplete metaphores (hands, feathers, broken things, trains, shadows and on and on) and blue collar characters as imagined by someone apparently well removed from the working class. (stock "villagers" - determined, hard working,undefeatable types with simple wants. They mean well, but just can't cope with the world so they beat their children, become recluses or play chicken with trains). The treatment of the very people Wallace seems to want to champion is condescending.


With that said... The production of "Trestle" is beautiful and features some of the best acting you are likely to see in Atlanta this season. Director Vincent Murphy has done a great job of staging the show. It is visually appealing and and very well paced. The cast is extraordinary. There is a plate tossing scene between Janice Akers and Tim McDonough that will make you hold your breath. As great as the whole cast is,the most amazing performance of the evening is from Rachel Garner. Garner is so good that she actually makes you care about her character (Pace)and her need to run directly at oncoming trains.

Go see "Trestle" for the experience, to support a new playwrite. Go for the brillant professional actors. Go to catch a rising star. But look closely at the emperor. He is not as well dressed as the Atlanta theater establishment wants you to think!

PS: If you want to check out a respectful and knowledgeable depiction of the working poor struggeling aganist the local "big business", try the play Cabbagetown adapted by R. Cary Bynum. [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]


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