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Sunday In The Park With George: IN CONCERT, by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine
Sunday in the Park with George is outstanding!!
Tuesday, March 11, 2003
5.0

Tad Wilson as "George" is just incredible!! Maura Carey as "Dot" is equally awesome!! Together, they can give any Broadway show a run for the money!! And I have to mention Scott Rousseau as "Mr." to Chalis Pomeroy's "Mrs." - they are just hysterical! Seeing their scenes alone is worth the price of admission!!

Don't miss this awesome show!

Two Gentlemen of Verona, by WIlliam Shakespeare
Two Gentlemen of Verona
Sunday, July 28, 2002
5.0
I'm not sure which play some of the other reviewers saw, but the "Two Gents" that I saw at GSF was well acted, well directed, and well received by the 500 plus in attendance.

I enjoyed all of the acting, especially Brad Sherril and Daniel May as the Two Gents, and Homer as Crab the dog. BTW, Homer was NOT responding to hand signals - the dog memorized all of his cues!

The show was entertaining, refreshing, and a delightful way to spend an evening. I especially enjoyed the "Bandit" chorus backing up Brad Sherril.

Good job GSF!

Moreau, by Sean Gaffney
Re-post from Sci-fi Dimensions
Wednesday, May 8, 2002
5.0
Art Within has proven you can produce a play of exceptional quality on a limited budget. Some scraps of tattered burlap, a stage made of rough boards, and a little mist are all they need to suggest rustic existence on a tropical island. The beast-people's costumes and makeup are simple, but effective enough to convey their non-human natures.


Where the play really shines is in writer Sean Gaffney's dramatic exploration of disturbing issues, and in the actors' performances. A surprising amount of clever humor enables the audience to absorb what would otherwise be an extremely morose tale. During scene transitions, a lone spotlight just off-stage illuminates Moreau or Prendick, who deliver excellent soliloquies on the natures of man, God, science and morality. Moreau attempts to justify himself as a seeker who is not afraid to pursue painful or seemingly ugly truths, while Prendick continues to struggle with his own beliefs and preconceptions - and to question his very sanity!


Larry Davis is very good as the fastidious, unsure Prendick, as is Anna Whitson as Kate. But Pierre Brulatour and Shawn Law are standouts as Moreau and Montgomery. Brulatour is particularly impressive as the arrogant, baritone Moreau, decked out in a black nehru jacket. Another notable performance is by Melissa DaPonte in her cameo as Eden, an experiment that Moreau is forced to kill. At eleven years old, she stepped in with only a few days' notice when the original cast member was injured, learning all her lines to perfection!


No beast is without its warts. The initial scenes, detailing Prendick's nautical mishaps, are a bit clunky and seemingly unnecessary. The play could easily have begun with Prendick's rescue by Montgomery without subtracting anything from the story. Also, the cast deliver their lines in a variety of affected British accents - the result is initially uneven, but their diction becomes more comfortable during the performance.


Sean Gaffney's adaptation holds very close to the original Wells novel, with some notable departures. The puma character receives considerable emphasis, creating a Jehovah/Lucifer conflict between Moreau/Kate that didn't exist in the book. And there are some fairly overt Biblical discussions that illuminate some of the philosophical themes, but have no basis in Wells' work. (Art Within is, in fact, an organization that seeks to offer entertainment from a "Christian perspective".) Regardless, this adaptation of Moreau is captivating and thought-provoking, and certainly not a blatant sermon-in-disguise.



Atlanta theatre company Art Within has tackled the disturbing H.G. Wells classic and proven that it is as relevant today as it was a hundred years ago. With cloning, genetic engineering and stem cell research making headlines, the dire warnings about pushing science beyond our ability to control it are as important as ever. Playwright Sean Gaffney doesn't shy away from the big questions. What separates humans from animals? Who can say when the search for knowledge goes beyond mere brashness and into insanity? Should science do something just because it can?



The play leaves us with no easy solutions. Was Moreau wrong to create a new humanity? Or was he only wrong in treating it as property once it displayed a will of its own? Did the beast-people really know right from wrong, or were they merely mimicking moral behavior? Moreau lets the audience decide - no doubt there were enthusiastic discussions on many a drive home!


The Crucible, by Arthur Miller
Excellent, excellent show
Wednesday, March 27, 2002
5.0
I saw "The Crucible" at the Tavern last weekend and I am still emotionally drained! This production is very well done and eerily believable. Not to leave anyone out, because they are all so good, but I must mention Hugh Adams as Proctor, Elizabeth Wells as Abigail, Lily Yancey as Mary Warren and Frank Roberts as the chilling Danforth. Kudos also to the supremely funny Doug Kaye as Giles Corey (If Doug can bring humor to "The Crucible", imagine him in a comedy!) and to the youngest cast member, Melissa DaPonte, as Betty Parris, for being able to hold her own with actors of this calibre. Do we have a future star??

I highly recommend that you see this production before it's gone.

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