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The Murder of St. Christopher's

a Drama
CATEGORY : DRAMA
by CK Goldston

COMPANY : Cumming Attractions Theatre Company [WEBSITE]
VENUE : Creekside Youth & Community Center [WEBSITE]
ID# 897

SHOWING : March 26, 2004 - April 03, 2004

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PRODUCTION DESCRIPTION

2004 New Playwrights’ Initiative
Director: Katy D. Cook
Asst. Director: Ali Robinson
"The headlines read,
‘Priest On Trial For Murder - Affair Alleged'.
The public defender wrestles with his anti-clergy bias and a fiery district attorney. The priest searches for truth while questioning his call to ministry. Together, they find their beliefs shaken as they fight for innocence in this explosive courtroom drama."
Limited number of tickets each performance. $12 Adult, $7 Student. Available online at www.catcoproductions.org or at the door.


CAST & CREW LIST
Writer/Composer Chris Goldston
Producer Jacqueline E. Goldston
Cast Katy B. Cook
Director Katy Daniel Cook
Set Crew Justin Green
Light/Sound Design Justin Green
Thomas McMichael Chris Goldston
Anthony Leeman Justin Green
Jack Strong Adam Levenstein
Rudy Reagan, D.A. Brian Twomey
Publicity Jacqueline E. Goldston
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REVIEWS

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Entirely Impressive
by atlantaman
Tuesday, March 30, 2004
5.0
I had recently heard that quality is better than quantity. I suppose that is true when it comes to this surprisingly incredible production. They are only performing 4 nights of this show. I was present with my wife on the second night. Sat. the 27th. As we walked into the venue it was quite the interesting setup. Much attention was paid to different parts of scenery that you would not quite get a grasp on until the show actually began. (You will notice 2 desks on either side of the Judge and witness stand, these desks are set to portray the personalities of the D.A and defense attorneys, my wife had to point this out to me sadly!) Anyhow, after reading through the playbill and seeing that a couple of the actors in the show were first timers I began to worry. I was terrified we were about to see a production similar to what I had seen at the Cobb playhouse the night before! (That was scary) However, the first act FLEW by. The opening scene really was written very well setting up the two main characters played by Chris Goldston and Gerry Crete. Both played incredibly throughout the production. You found yourself actually caring for what was happening in the minds of these people; Having to fight back the urge to reach out and grab them, or hug them especially sitting so close. The D.A played by Brian Twarney was fiery in all of his emotions. Both Goldston and Twarney played well off each other, building the tension throughout. Although, the entire cast was quite good, there were a couple of notables besides Goldston, Crete, and Twarney. Kimberly Fleek who played the perfect vulnerable female was right on with her emotions. Justin Green was absolutely brilliant with emotions on stage that I thought could only be brought out on screen after many, many takes. This entire production was set in an incredible atmosphere even the music and "news brodacstings" before the show made you feel as if you were actually in the "Courtroom". I thank the Cumming Attractions Theater Company for a night that my wife and I will not soon forget. Thanks for a great show, and I hope that you will keep up the good work. [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]
Excellent Production
by prodinov
Monday, March 29, 2004
5.0
Having attended various local productions from Cobb County to Snellville, I am often reluctant in having been persuaded by my wife to sit thru a play that is ill-performed by ill-prepared performers. HOWEVER, this production went well beyond my expectations. The story line was exceptional, as well as the acting. Like the previous review, I too had misgivings about CK being cast in a major role in a play he had written. CK was extraordinary in playing the defense attorney and was convincing enough to where I would have "hired" him if I myself was cited in a murder case. This play deserves to be seen. With only one weekend left, I encourage you to set aside a date to see a "Law & Order" episode come to life. [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]
Must See Theatre
by ncheckers
Saturday, March 27, 2004
5.0
Last night, I attended the opening night of the latest CATCo production. After seeing many of the past CATCo productions, I had already set my expectations for a typical CATCo experience. More precisely, I expect great direction, committed passionate acting, and engaging material. I was not disappointed.

If you are a fan of NBC's Law and Order series, you owe it to yourself to turn off the television and make it out to one of the last three performances of "The Murder of St. Christopher's." You will be rewarded with a well planned and wonderfully executed (no pun intended) plot. This is the first winner of the new playwright competition, and I look forward to production of future winners. C.K. shows great promise as a writer, and I think you will agree that besides talent there is a great deal of the author's heart poured into these lines.

Personally, I am not a fan of the forensic/detective genre of show on television, but unlike the typical TV fare there is true character development in this show. On several occasions, I found myself not only drawn into the character's dilemma, but suppressing the urge to reach out to console a character or help the defense brainstorm on possible arguments.

I wasn't sure how I felt about seeing CK acting in his work. In the past, I have seen him only as the hated villain in Brigadoon. His portrayal of the defense attorney was stirring and provided the heart of this cast. Brian Twomey provided great depth and dimension to the D.A. that allowed his character to transcend a stereotypical antithesis. Justin Green and Kimberly Fleek turned in passionate portrayals that took the drama in this production to higher levels. Rachael Mincey provided a solid assistant to Brian's D.A. in her debut. Oh, and what can I say about Gerry Crete? He was passionate. He was resolute. Your heart ached when he opened his heart about... Well, I better leave that for you to find out.

As I scanned back over the playbill, I realized that not only was this the debut of a playwright and some actors, but a director as well. I'm not sure that I would have trusted this complex piece to an aspiring director. Of course, I would have missed out on a fabulous production. Ms. Cook brought forth a tremendous show, and should be very proud of her effort.

Thank you for another great show, CATCo.





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