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Fool for Love
a Drama
CATEGORY : DRAMA
by Sam Shepard

COMPANY : Pinch n' Ouch Theatre [WEBSITE]
VENUE : Pinch 'n' Ouch Theatre [WEBSITE]
ID# 5377

SHOWING : October 11, 2018 - October 28, 2018

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PRODUCTION DESCRIPTION

A critical and popular success, this masterfully constructed work brings searing intensity and rare theatrical excitement to its probing, yet sharply humorous study of love, hate and the dying myths of the Old West.


CAST & CREW LIST
Director Grant McGowen
Martin Philip Mertz
Eddie Kasey O'Barr
Old Man Alex Van
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REVIEWS

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Shepherding Sam
by playgoer
Sunday, November 18, 2018
3.5
Sam Shepard’s "Fool for Love" is a modern-day classic, revealing the secrets of a pair of would-be lovers torn apart and brought together through family. Its power depends on the skill of the two actors playing the pair, and Pinch ’n’ Ouch’s production is fortunate to have Candace Brooke and Kasey O’Barr in the roles. Ms. Brooke invests May with tons of energy and Mr. O’Barr finds unexpected comedy in the actions of Eddie. There are hints of Tennessee Williams’ "Sweet Bird of Youth" in the relationship of Eddie with the unseen "Countess," but the western-centric action is all Shepard’s.

Director Grant McGowen has also designed the set, lights, and sound, and he has done a first-rate job with all his duties. The set represents a hunter green motel room with three Venetian-blind covered windows forming its back wall. A bed with matching bed stands and lamps sits stage left, with a rocking chair down right that isn’t actually part of the room. Lighting is terrific, with a wonderful headlight effect, and sound effects are pretty terrific too. Mr. McGowen’s direction makes sure that the play keeps moving and that the action supports the script at every turn.

Besides the main pair of actors, the cast includes an old man (Alex Van) and May’s date (Philip Mertz) who have less to do, and consequently make less of an impression. Both have fairly impassive faces, lessening the impression they make. Luckily, the play doesn’t depend on their contributions. The focus is almost entirely on Ms. Brooke and Mr. O’Barr, and they bring the play to near-manic life. Sam Shepard’s play lives on. [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]


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