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Same Time, Next Year

a Romantic Comedy
by Bernard Slade

COMPANY : Onstage Atlanta, Inc. [WEBSITE]
VENUE : Onstage Atlanta, Inc. (Decatur) [WEBSITE]
ID# 1167

SHOWING : February 04, 2005 - February 26, 2005



They couldn't have celebrated happier anniversaries if they were married to each other.

A man and woman meet by chance at a romantic inn over dinner. Although both are married to others, they find themselves in the same bed the next morning questioning how this could have happened. They agree to meet on the same weekend each year. The two are seen changing, years apart, always in the same room in different scenes. Each of them always appears on schedule, but as time goes on each has some personal crisis that the other helps them through, often without both of them understanding what is going on.

Director Tom Palmer
Stage Manager Pamela Cassiday
Lighting Designer Mitch Marcus
Doris Karen Whitaker
George Darrell Wofford
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Not the Same, but that's not a bad thing
by Miss Maggie
Sunday, February 6, 2005
Being a huge fan of the movie, I went to see Same Time, Next Year with a little doubt in my mind. Having seen a number of shows featuring these two actors, both at Onstage and other venues, I felt it was worth a try.

While the script is very similar to the movie, it is not 100% the same. Both actors are strong, and I didn't feel either 'channeled' Alan Alda or Ellen Burstyn, which would certainly be a temptation. There did seem to be a lot of Carol Burnett-type sight gags, making the show more of a situation comedy than the warm-n-fuzzy movie, but maybe that is how the script is written? Both actors do pull my heart strings when the time comes. Both actors portray the see-saw of emotions and maturity that is what makes the story so lovable.

My main reason for the rating is the set and design. I wish there was a way to give the show a 3.5 overall. I was disappointed with the set design and set dressing. I have seen a whole lot better from Onstage, however the set did appear to function well. (the walls did not shake when doors were slammed, but why green sheets for 1950's?). I guess the details I usually expect from them were just not there. The scene changes will tighten up as things go along, but I guess I had hoped for something more visual (like the movie, sorry). The audience did seem to enjoy the snips of songs and jingles, so maybe this will work its self out.

Over all, the show was enjoyable and worth a go-see. Acting=4.5, Costumes=4, set design=2.5., set dressing=3, props=3.5. [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]
Set was awesome! by woahfred
Hmm...I thought the set was incredible for Onstage, which usually goes for very minimal set dressing!
Not just reciting the lines...
by tgillesp
Sunday, February 6, 2005
First, the obligatory disclaimers: I have worked on several shows at OSA, I know both of the actors in this show personally and consider them good friends as well as wonderful theatrical collaborators, but I've had no involvement with this particular production.

One of the downsides of being involved in the production of live theatre is that, all too often, it's impossible for me to set aside the practitioner in me and just be the audience. I'm listening to the dialogue, but I'm also looking at (critiquing) the lighting design, the set, the staging, etc. So when I actually do find myself getting caught up in the emotion of the scene, it's unusual... and another reminder of just why we do what we do, I guess.

I've never seen any other production of this show, and have only seen snippets of the Alan Alda/Ellen Burstyn movie (which a trusted friend of mine describes as "maudlin"), so I can't make those sorts of comparisons. There probably are some elements of the script that are emotionally manipulative, but even on a cynic like me, the manipulation worked.

This is a wonderful job in the acting and the direction. The moments are real; the laughs are well-timed and well-earned; the emotional levels vary as the scene requires, with an honest-to-goodness build in the second act that put a genuine lump in my throat. That doesn't happen to me very often.

This is a showcase for two fine actors who know what they're doing and a director who apparently knows how to work with good actors. [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]


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