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Butterflies Are Free, by Leonard Gershe
Excellent Production!
Sunday, March 20, 2011
I have been to see all of the Stage Door Players productions this season and this show is, hands down, the best of the bunch.

Megan Hayes is delightful as the quirky Jill Tanner. She portrays a 60s flower child to perfection, with unrestrained abandon and believable naivete. She is not just acting the role of Jill - she becomes Jill as soon as she walks on stage and stays that way throughout. Josh Donahue in the role of blind Don Baker has great charm and subtlety and is a perfect match for his co-star. Their scenes together are a joy to watch as they keep the dialogue snappy and the action sharp. There is much sexual tension between the two but yet, during the scene in which they are wearing the least clothing, they appear the most innocent and childlike.

Jo Howarth in the supporting role of Mrs. Baker was particularly strong. Her scene with Donahue in the second act is, itself, worth the price of admission. It brought me and several other audience members to tears.

The set was terrific - a very believable late 60s/early 70s New York apartment, right down to the reel-to-reel tape player and period kitchen appliances.

All-in-all a great way to spend a few hours and support the arts in Atlanta.

Harvest 2010, The Backyard Plays, by Nine Atlanta Playwrights
Spend Some Time in the Backyard
Monday, June 7, 2010
If you’re looking for something enjoyable to do this weekend, you might want to consider setting a spell in the backyard – the backyard at the Lionheart Theatre in Norcross, that is.

Harvest 2010: The Backyard Plays, produced by Onion Man Productions is a series of nine 10-minute plays all performed on the same backyard set. Each mini play, written by local playwrights, is a full story with beginning, middle and end. The plays, each with its own unique cast, run the gamut of genres including romantic comedy, drama, farce and science fiction. Interspersed between the plays are several short narrations reflecting on the lives hidden in neighborhoods. All of the plays are well written and enjoyable but several stand out.

In The Powell Plot written by Daniel Carter Brown and directed by Kevin Kincheloe, two adult siblings discuss the burial plans for their just-deceased and very unlikeable father. Maureen Yasko and Travis Young as the siblings are very convincing as they explore their anger and frustration while reaching out to each other for love and support.

One Beer, written by David Allan Dodson and directed by Chris Brooks ponders the romantic possibilities of one man and one woman who both reach for the last beer at a party. Whitney Wegman is a delight as the woman who verbally plays out all the possibilities while Howard Liang is perfect as the utterly confused man who really just wants to pop open the beer and drink it.

Common Ground, written by Raymond Fast and directed by Carolyn Choe explores the plight of the homeless and illustrates that “those who have” and “those who have not” are not quite so different after all. Michael Fosse performs convincingly as the homeless man befriended by a 12-year-old girl, played with perfect innocence by Jordan Fast. Suzanne Husting as the girl’s protective grandmother is most captivating, however, as she runs through a range of emotions while she struggles to accept the man as a human being.

Jubilee Catalog Sales, written by David L. Fisher and directed by James Beck is a deliciously funny piece about a woman who only wants to make a purchase from a catalog but keeps hitting a brick wall built by the customer service agent. Joanie McElroy is utterly devilish as the customer service agent, Mary Saville as the woman wanting to make the purchase plays her part to befuddled perfection, and Judith L. Beasley as the woman’s neighbor who finally comes to the rescue is fabulous. There is a twist at the end of this particular piece which also adds a neat little surprise.

There are a couple of slow spots in some of the plays, and some of the actors are noticeably more seasoned than others but, overall, the full production is very well done and well worth the ticket price.

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