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Jerry Finnegans Sister
a Romantic Comedy
CATEGORY : COMEDY
by Jack Neary

COMPANY : ACT1 [WEBSITE]
VENUE : ACT1 Theater [WEBSITE]
ID# 4682

SHOWING : March 06, 2015 - March 29, 2015

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PRODUCTION DESCRIPTION

Brian Dowd has spent the last 10 years of his life wrestling with an unrequited “something” for his best friend’s sister, who happens to live next door. But each and every time he’s spoken with Beth Finnegan for more than 30 seconds, he’s ended up with his foot planted firmly in his mouth. Now, Brian’s time is about to run out. With recent news that Jerry Finnegan’s sister is getting married, the time has come for him to put up or shut up. Like John Wayne in The High and the Mighty, Brian has reached the point of no return. What’s he got to lose–except the love of his life! In a series of fast-moving, hysterically funny scenes, two actors play Brian and Beth from ages seven and six, through their adolescent and teen years, right up to the moment the play is happening, when they’re both in their early 20s. This highly acclaimed comedy has charmed audiences of all ages and it has been hailed by critics as “A delight…a gem! Has enough chuckles, guffaws and belly laughs to please any patron.”


CAST & CREW LIST
Director Lisa Matchen
Set Artist Amy Finkle
Costume Designer Suzanne Heiser
Sound/Light Design Murray Mann
Stage Manager Emily Voller
Brian Dowd Eric Lang
Beth Finnegan Rachel Meggs
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Brian & Beth
by playgoer
Sunday, March 29, 2015
4.5
"Jerry Finnegan’s Sister" is a cute play that sinks or swims on the performances of its two cast members. At ACT1, thankfully, it swims.

Eric Lang plays Brian Dowd, a self-described "wuss" who has been pining over the girl next door for years. Rachel Meggs plays that girl, Beth Finnegan, who has all the self-confidence that Brian lacks. The entire play consists of Brian’s recitation of their relationship from its start in their childhood to the day he works up the courage to ask her out. Jack Neary’s script consists of interspersed narration and vignettes that need to flow into one another with high energy. Mr. Lang accomplishes that with aplomb, and Ms. Meggs is a peach of a comedic actress who makes every one of their interactions spark.

The set, designed by Amy L. Finkel, works remarkably well in its simplicity. There are a couple of three-step stair units representing the front stoops of two adjacent houses, along with a couple of benches far right and another couple of stair units far left that work as additional playing areas. Stage right, the Finnegan side, has a back wall painted with swatches in the red color family; stage left, the Dowd side, has a back wall painted with swatches in the blue/green color family. Costumes, "managed" by Suzanne Thornett, adhere to this color scheme, tying up the design side of the production neatly.

Director LisaKay Matchen has Mr. Lang and Ms. Meggs use the full extent of the stage. There’s lots of movement, lots of expression, and lots of laughs. "Jerry Finnegan’s Sister" is at heart a small, sweet story, but at ACT1 it’s a heart as big as all outdoors. [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]
I needed this laugh
by notoriousdad
Sunday, March 22, 2015
4.0
A show I never heard of and it is not a musical. My expectations were not the highest but this show was genuinely funny. A simple but colorful set is the backdrop for Brian and Beth to tell the story of his crush from age 7 until young adulthood.

Eric Lang and Rachel Meggs bring the two kids to life onstage. They are believable at every age and their timing is spot on. The audience embraced their characters and laughed heartily throughout the show. If you have ever fallen in love, this show will resonate with you!

Did I like it? I plan to go again on the final weekend. [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]


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