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The Murder of St. Christopher's, by CK Goldston
Must See Theatre
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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