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Beau Jest
a Romantic Comedy
by James Sherman

COMPANY : Kudzu Playhouse [WEBSITE]
VENUE : Kudzu Playhouse [WEBSITE]
ID# 1176

SHOWING : February 18, 2005 - March 26, 2005



Sarah Goldman is a nice Jewish girl with a big problem: her parents think it’s the end of the world that she is still not married to a nice Jewish boy. They have never met her boyfriend, a WASP account executive. Sarah tells them she is dating a Jewish doctor. Her parents keep pressing her to introduce them to her beau so she plans a dinner party and has to “find” a Dr. Steinberg. She employs an escort service to send her a Jewish date. Instead they send Bob Schroeder, an aspiring actor, to perform the impersonation. This is a sweet romantic comedy.

Cast Lane Teilhaber
Lights/Sound David Campion
Stage Manager Karen Rooker
Joel Goldman Jay Croft
Bob Schroeder Sean Patrick O'Rourke
Chris Cringle Jonathan Page
Sarah Goldman Amy Rundbaken Smith
Abe Goldman Murray Sarkin
Miriam Goldman Mary Sittler
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Also First Time at Kudzu
by BillS.
Wednesday, February 23, 2005
This was also my first time to see a production at the Kudzu Theater and I was not sure what to expect. Over all I would say the show was like riding a rollercoaster. There were some things I liked and some things I didn't.

Set: The set, I felt, looked like it was constructed very well. I totally believed that I was in a NYC apartment. The color they picked however was a different story. I could never decide if it was supposed to be cranberry or red wine. Which ever one it was a bad choice.

Sarah: At first I liked this girl. She was definalty the right physicallity for the role and in the begining I felt that she did a good job establishing who and where she was. It ended there for me. To me her character never went anywhere. She delivered her lines the same way through the whole show and had just 2 facial expressions. I did believe that she fell in love with Bob, however, I never saw anything between her and Chris. She also missed the chemistry train that was caught by the actors playing her parents. She needed to make much bigger choices.

Chris: While this character is not features all that much I felt the actor did a pretty good job with what he had. I did see in his bio that he had done more film work than theater and I thought this showed. His reations were a little slow and at times I could not really hear him... all signs of a film actor,

Bob: I liked him... He had good energy and I did believe that he was falling in love with her. He had great diction and projection. He made me wonder if he sings. The only thing I questioned about him was this... I thought the guy that played Chris looked more like a "escort" than he did.

Joel: Hmmm... While I was not blown away by this actors performance I will say that in his bio he said he is new to acting. With that knowledge I feel like he did a great job as a new actor. He seemed comfortable on stage and new all his lines and cues. I think all the rest will come with more time on stage under his belt.

Abe: This actor and the woman who played his wife made the show more me. He was perfect for the part. I did sometimes have trouble understanding him but overall the message came across loud and clear. Sometimes I felt like he only had two volumes but over all I think he did a fantastic job as the father. I have a friend that is Jewish... Murray you are her dad to a T!

Mariam: By far the stand out performance of the entire show. While sometimes she seemed a touch slow on her cue lines this woman was fantastic. She did this lip quiver thing in the third act that made me almost puddle up right there. The chemistry that I mentioned earlier between her and Abe was totally real. Her reactions to what was going on during the show, the proression of her character, etc, etc. She is someone who I will be looking for again in the theater community.

Over all I would say this show is a worth going to see. I have waited along time to see a production at the Kudzu as it is quite a trek from Peachtree City but I think I will make the trip again.

Surprisingly Good!
by soccermom1
Sunday, February 20, 2005
When I first heard about this show, I thought it was just going to be another bland theatre show...but I was wrong! I am not involved in theater, so I hope I can give an unbiased view of the show.

I enjoyed the humor throughout, and the comedic timing was good, Sean O' Rouke(Bob Schroeder) made me laugh the entire way through. The mother(Mary Sittler) had wonderful expression and seemed to really be the character. This was my first experience at the Kudzu Playhouse, and I was not disappointed.

The set was good, although I had difficulty seeing characters in a few parts.
The scene changes were a little long, but I understand since they were quite large scene changes, and only two people.

Overall, I would probably give the show a 3.9 [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]


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