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Georgia Ensemble Theatre1
Aurora Theatre1
Average Rating Given : 3.50000
Reviews in Last 6 months :

Inherit The Wind, by Jerome Lawrence and Robert Edwin Lee
Solid show with great performances
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
I love this show as a whole. I love the message and the fight of science to be accepted into a society that is too wholly religious to suit me. I hope that reads in this review.
This was my first time going to Georgia Ensemble and will not be my last. The production, directed by Robert Farley, is excellent with some performances standing out, and others falling a little flat.
Matthew Harrison Brady portrayed by Eddie Levi Lee is masterful. He embodied the political blowhard to the hilt and I never had a problem believing in his convictions. His counterpart Henry Drummond played by John Ammerman started off slow in the first act, but when his part is truly highlighted in the courtroom, showed off his skills.
The rest of the cast form an ensemble that is not to be missed. I loved the addition of the townsfolk singing hymns which really lent to the realism. I found myself searching for their reactions to all this craziness that occurred in a small town in TN and was not disappointed to see their disgust at Drummond and the snarky EK Hornbeck played by Alexandros Salazar, and their adoration of Brady.
The set is simple which is a great choice I believe as it allows the viewers to amend the setting to a more present day example, I'm looking at you Texas Board of Education.
On the whole this is a wonderful production that shouldn't be missed.

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, by Robert Louis Stevenson, adaptation by Jeffrey Hatcher
Not crazy about adaptation
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
I am a big fan of steampunk literature and was excited when I saw the promo for this show as it seems to promote that this is a steampunk adaptation. It isn't. The set and costume design has some of the steampunk elements, but that is only a piece of the show.
The show while well acted by a few parts, most notably, Dr. Jekyl and the primary Mr. Hyde, there are several incarnations of Hyde, a number of the actors seemed to fall short. I think Ms. El-Attar is a talented actress but this play did not showcase it, the story has her portrayed as somewhat whiny.
And there is where the disappointment lies. This is just not a good adaptation of the story. Dr. Jekyl, while well acted is not a likeable character and we want to feel for him as he struggles with his baser instincts personified in Mr. Hyde. Mr. Hyde on the other hand is known to be a murderer but the adaptation tries to soften him by giving him the love interest of Elizabeth. This completely misses the point and muddies the story.
The set is beautiful and well constructed. The painted floor pattern is something I want in scale in my home. The steampunk heads that serve for entrances and exits adjust well to each locale.
This had potential but fell short largely due to the terrible adaptation, definitely not my favorite Aurora production.

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