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The New Depot Players1
Average Rating Given : 5.00000
Reviews in Last 6 months :

Daddy's Dyin' Who's Got the Will?, by Del Shores
If you didn't see this show, you MISSED OUT!
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Where to begin? First, I'd like to respond to Rockdale Writer. This person continues to bash every show the New Depot Players has ever done so I find it hard to give a review by this person any consideration. She is mean-spirited and hateful and peppers her reviews with personal judgements on things that have nothing to do with the performance, but rather with the perfomer. Shame on you for being so nasty. If all the shows are so bad, why do you continue to come see them?

As for this production...BRAVO!!!! I went last night with friends, knowing nothing about the show itself. The minute the lights went up, I was spellbound. Connie Davis is so much fun to watch. Her facial expressions are priceless! Patty Maquire was perfect and so funny! Scott Mills played mean Orville brilliantly and was well balanced by a charming performance from Vanessa Outlaw. Amy Simerly played Lurlene flawlessly. Connor Pledger was cute and mellow with just the right easy grin, and Pat Telley was so convincing as a man who is confused but still aware. Amber Harris owned her role of Evalita and I couldn't wait to hear what she would say next. My only regret is that I didn't get to see Kim Fratesi perfom, as I know she too would have been amazing. Everyone in this show was brilliant. It was hilarious, moving, sweet and raucous, and all of those things were balanced perfectly. As for language, I did not find it offensive or excessive. While it wasn't a show for young children, as mentioned on the poster, it certainly wasn't the foul-mouthed shocker that Rockdale Writer seems to want you to think it was. Jay Tryall did an unbelievably amazing job of pulling this show together under crazy circumstances. His talent as a Director is evident. His taste in shows is impeccable and his reputation as a wonderful man to work with is undeniable. I can't wait to work with him!

This show was a joy to watch. A friend of mine saw the show last week and said "I laughed, I cried, I laughed until I cried!" I think that sums it up the best.

Congratulations to Jay and his supremely talented cast! That standing ovation that Rockdale Writer so easily dismisses was well earned. (Maybe she ate the chili that Orville pee'd in and that's why she's so irate all the time!)


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