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Reviews in Last 6 months :

To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, adapted by Christopher Sergel
Excellent performances in Acworth!
Sunday, November 7, 2004
I saw the November 6th performance of TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD produced by Cobb Playhouse. I must say that this show had some of the best performances I've ever seen outside the perimeter. Granted, this was WAY outside the perimeter, at the auditorium in North Metro Technical College in Acworth (the Cobb Playhouse's permanent home is still under construction), but worth the trip.

While the sets and props were minimal (due to the venue), it did not detract from the show since this is a very performance driven play. And what performances!

Particular standouts were the characters of Tom Robinson, Calpurnia and the Prosecuting Attorney. All excellent. Additionally, Atticus was calm and cool and fatherly, just the way he should be. The kids were all very well performed, Scout was pesky and inquisitive, Gem was full of energy, and Dill was quirky....all very good. Bob and Mayella Ewell were very powerful. Even the ensemble roles were well performed and well directed. I am hard-pressed to find any negative points to the show (other than the minimal sets).

The standing ovation was well-deserved! Good job all around!

Annie, by
A very good family show
Monday, December 8, 2003
As a "friend of a friend" of someone in the cast, I was at the opening night of Cobb Playhouse's ANNIE on Friday, Dec. 5th. I also attended the performance on Saturday night. I have the following comments about those performances:

As was stated in the previous review, it was nice to see the live music at this theater, which has had a history of a sub-par sound system. That said, the music was too loud on Friday night, and it was out of sync during the curtain call. Both of these problems were corrected in the Saturday night performance.

The other great improvement over ANNIE's of the past was the quick scene changes. I noticed no "dead time" in either performance I attended, which was a welcomed improvement! Also, the Warbuck's mansion set was very impressive with its array of fine artwork ("all them Dusenburgs hanging on the wall")!

The cast's performances were all that you would want from a good community theater: The girl playing ANNIE on Friday night had a very strong singing voice, it had to be to be heard over much of the music. She also was well rehearsed and was sharp with her dialogue and stage movement. The ANNIE on Saturday night, while not having as strong a voice, had wonderful acting abilities and displayed a wide and authentic range of emotions including an infectious smile.

The rest of the cast was competent and enthusiastic...including particularly good performances from "Rooster" Hannigan and Bert Healy (who also performed FDR and was the musical director...whew!) And, of course, the orphans were cute and a real crowd-pleaser.

Sure, there were a few minor lines missed and some stage gaffes, such as doorknobs falling off and necklaces breaking, but I've always found that to be the charm of small community long as it doesn't get too distracting, which it didn't.

Overall, the show was good on Friday night, and even better on Saturday. if they keep improving over the remaining weeks of their run, they will have a show that could give the Fox a run for their money! Take your kids to see this show, especially young girls will love it!

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