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REVIEWS

Driving Miss Daisy, by Alfred Uhry
Daisy a Hit!
Friday, August 27, 2004
5.0
I cannot recommend this production highly enough. Both Jackie Prucha and Spencer Stephens give highly nuanced performances in this work. Way to go!

I would also like to compliment the director, John Stephens, for his ability to utilize such little space in the most effective of ways. Even the scene changes were done in character with very specific movements.

Excellent!

Sleepwalkers, by Jorge Ignacio Cortinas
Two Good Actors Trapped in a Really Bad Play
Monday, April 22, 2002
0.0
DO NOT SEE THIS SHOW, unless you need a nap or want to see really good tech work, but tech can only make a show better, it cannot save it or bring it life it doesn't deserve.

A few points to ponder:

1)No matter how bad the majority of the acting and script are, the lighting designer and the set designer were brilliant. Then comes the question of the necessity of the intricate technical elements, but then that's a question for the director (I sincerely hope those were written into the script and not a directorial choice, please, please.)

2)There are two good actors in this play: a) the soldier/father and b) the neighbor lady. I would love to see them in another play even at the Alliance. However, they were not enough to pull this dismal show from the ashes of it's own pyre.

3) I can't believe this drivel has won awards.

And all this without an intermission.

The Crucible, by Arthur Miller
Wonderful Experience at the Tavern
Monday, March 25, 2002
4.0
Shakespeare Tavern's production of The Crucible is wonderful. If there wasn't such a hefty price tag on seeing this show, I would encourage everyone in town to see it.

Jeff Watkins brings witch trials to life within the Tavern with a cast that others would drool over (with notable exceptions, of course). A few cast members (Maurice Ralston as Rev. Parris and Tony Brown as Thomas Putnam to name two) just played angry with very little variation to that rule.

The stars of the performance were Hugh Adams as John Proctor, Christopher Paul as Reverend Hale, and Lily Yancey as Mary Warren, especially Lily (in my humble opinion). Lily's performance during the trial scenes are appropriately heart wrenching and thought provoking as she must choose between the lies that she has told and the truth that might condemn her even more.

The tavern has a wonderful play on its hands, but if it were only more cost effecient, maybe I'd come back more.

Playboy of the Western World, by J.M. Synge
Fun Evening But I'm a Little Confused
Monday, March 25, 2002
4.0
The Playboy of the Western World is a fun, enjoyable experience for any audience member. However, I am still unclear about some of the theatrical elements of the production. For example, why do all but two of the characters have Irish accents? Tracy Lovitz comes to mind as having a pronounced English accent throughout the entire piece. I thought that even at this point the two countries had no great love for each other. Also, before and after the intermission, there are beautiful yet random musical interludes that jerk the audience back into the reality of being an audience. Speaking of reality checks, why is the fourth wall shattered over and over during the mule race portion? Those lines could easily be directed to another character rather than be a disturbing, jolting reminder that what we are seeing is fiction.

All of this aside, The Playboy of the Western World is a wonderful addition to the varied mix that 14th Street Playhouse houses. Emily James and Damon Boggess play delightfully odd and lovable characters that make the play very enjoyable; however, the star of the evening was Marcie Millard. Her portrayal of the young, devious widow gave the show a sense of purpose that was not present in the first twenty minutes of the show.

All in all, John Stephens should be proud of his creation, but still keep his audience in mind while fulfilling his vision.

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