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Thus Spoke the Mockingbird

a One Woman Show
CATEGORY : COMEDY DRAMA
by Joanie McElroy

COMPANY : Onion Man Productions [WEBSITE]
VENUE : Onion Man [WEBSITE]
ID# 5314

SHOWING : August 10, 2018 - August 25, 2018

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PRODUCTION DESCRIPTION

Harper Lee’s American classic novel, "To Kill a Mockingbird," continues to reign among the top novels and most beloved fiction lists since its publication in 1960. The film version, too, continues to be a favorite, and the stage production can be found on stages across the country.
With the passing of Miss Lee, the enigma of the author from a sleepy town in south Alabama remains.

With this production, "Thus Spoke The Mockingbird," Ms. McElroy brings that sleepy town to life and gives us a glimpse into the world of its famous author as Nelle hosts us on her very own porch steps.

So come pay her a visit.


CAST & CREW LIST
Director Cathe Hall Payne
Harper Lee Kate Guyton
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REVIEWS

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Young and Old
by playgoer
Tuesday, August 14, 2018
4.0
Onion Man has been invaded by Onstage Atlanta! But it’s a good invasion. Director Cathe Hall Payne has brought in set designer Angie Short and sound designer Charlie Miller to create a version of "Thus Spoke the Mockingbird" that eclipses most Onion Man offerings in terms of production values.

Ms. Short’s set makes brilliant use of the small Onion Man stage. Stage left is covered by a house porch skewed at an angle that lets its downstage corner peek out over the edge of the stage. The wooden post at center stage is neatly disguised as a tree and treehouse. Up right there’s room for a birdhouse and a lot of plants and foliage. A chair and small table down center are the focus of most action. Kurt Hansen’s lighting design has tons of effects that heighten the action, including a skyline projection on the side wall to suggest New York City. Mr. Miller’s sound design has less to do, but does all it needs to and does it ably.

The play shows us Harper Lee at two stages in her life -- in act one as she brings "To Kill a Mockingbird" to completion, reminiscing about her childhood and childhood friend Truman Capote along the way; and in act two as an old woman. Kate Guyton does a fine job throughout, especially as the younger Ms. Lee portraying herself as a child, although her body language as an old woman isn’t convincing. The set dressing changes for act two, with foliage proliferating as Ms. Lee takes up gardening and with the chair of act one replaced by a rocking chair. It all flows very nicely.

Joanie McElroy’s play has been brought to life by Ms. Payne and Ms. Guyton. Ms. Guyton has an engaging stage presence that lets us see a twinkle behind Harper Lee’s sometimes curmudgeonly pronouncements, and Ms. Payne has blocked the one-woman show to maintain visual interest. This is another fine production of an always entertaining (and informative!) play. [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]


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