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Crimes of the Heart
a Comedy/Drama
by Beth Henley

COMPANY : Holly Theatre [WEBSITE]
VENUE : Holly Theatre [WEBSITE]
ID# 1259

SHOWING : May 13, 2005 - May 22, 2005



The three Magrath sisters have gathered to away news of the family patriarch, their grandfather, who is living out his last hours in the local hospital. Lenny, the oldest sister, is unmarried at thirty and facing diminishing marital prospects; Meg, the middle sister, who quickly outgrew Hazelhurst, is back after a failed singing career on the West Coast; while Babe, the youngest, is out on bail after having shot her husband in the stomach. Their troubles, that are grave and yet, somehow, hilarious, are highlighted by their priggish cousin, Chick, and by the awkward young lawyer who tries to keep Babe out of jail while helpless not to fall in love with her. In the end of the play is the story of how its young characters escape the past to seize the future – but the telling is so true and touching and consistently hilarious that it will linger in the mind long after the curtain has closed.

Director Colleen Quigley
Chick Therena Cook
"Doc" Porter Jamie Fambrough
Barnette Lloyd John King
Lenny Kerry Rosewall
Babe Charity White
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Another great show at the Holly
by jubjubbrd22
Saturday, May 21, 2005
I saw the show on Friday night and I really enjoyed it. I know that Colleen is on her second of her run of directing three shows...and she did great. It has been a while since I sat back in a show and I just fell in love with the characters. This show had so much heart to it. You could tell that the cast got along with one another really well and just loved being on stage together. I felt that the casting of the show was spot on. The sisters could not have been better cast, from their looks to all that blonde hair.

I will start off with Chick. Therena Cook does a great job with this character. I thought it was great that the audience was cheering when she was beaten off stage with a broom. What better compliment for a "bad guy" in a show! When the audience applauds your know you have them. Her gossipy nature came across very naturally and as an audience member I loved hating her :)

Next Jamie Fambrough, I thought was wonderful with the small part that he did have. Although he only appears on stage in two scenes, you really have a good grasp of his character, Doc Porter. His limp and his southern accent are spot on and he has such a soothing and calming demeanor. It's funny...this is the second time I have seen this guy limping on the Holly stage...perhaps he should add to his resume under the special qualifications category: "walks with a limp".

John King has really moved up the ranks at the Holly with his portrayal of Barnett Lloyd. He has quite a stage presence and pulls the "fresh out of law school" attitude really well. I am happy to see him getting some good roles at the Holly. I hope he will continue to do performances with them in the future.

Kerry Rosewall played the part of Lenny McGrath. I really enjoyed watching her on stage. She really made me feel sorry for her. I could just feel her ulcers burning every time she began worrying. She was so caring and matronly and bless her...all the other characters just walk all over her in this play. I was so happy for her when she finally called Charlie.

Charity White played the childlike "almost-killer" Babe. I found myself wondering what happened to her character when she was younger. Given the way that she played Babe, it seemed to me that she had some sort of trauma in her childhood. I felt that when she was recounting the events leading up to the shooting of her husband that she really was hurt the most by seeing Willie J being hurt by her husband Zachary. Charity was so "Donna Reed" on stage in her little heels and pin curls. I really enjoyed her performance.

Lastly, but not least by any means was Brooke Adams playing the part of Meg. Brooke just lights up the stage when she enters. From my understanding Brooke has only had one other major role in her time on stage. I am so impressed with her ability to take a character on paper and make it into such a three dimensional and believable person. She was absolutely fantastic and I really want to see her do more shows at the Holly.

For the negative...two things...number one: I didn't like the choice or rather the innuendo that Meg slept with Doc Porter. I didn't feel that Doc would have done that. I felt that he cared too much for his wife and children to have a one night stand with Meg. The other was that some of the pauses in the phone conversations were a little short. Phone calls can be a difficult thing to pull off convincingly...and a couple of times it seemed that the calls were more monologues that a conversation with someone else on the other line. Other than that great job you guys. I REALLY ENJOYED IT!!!!! [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]
Good show!!! (Long-winded review)
by mooniemcmoonster
Friday, May 20, 2005
If I could give this a 3.5 I would. I thought that this was a really good show. The set was GREAT (as is to be expected at the Holly). The only thing that bothered me (and this is insanely picky) is that I sort of envisioned this to be in one of those old, historic Southern homes. There is a house like that on the program, so I figured I might be right in my assumption. That said, I thought that the “ceilings” should have been higher and the boarder around the wallpaper in the kitchen a few feet higher. I used to live in an old antebellum home when I was in school in Milledgeville and the ceilings were super high. I wouldn’t ever take any points away on a review for something like that, but I thought I would mention it.

There are a few points during the show at which there is a radio on stage that is turned on. I’m not sure what was going on, but I could barely even tell that there was music on, let alone what the song was. I thought maybe the sound system was going haywire, but the intermission and pre and post show music was very audible. That was really the only technical glitch that bothered me.

The two real standout actors in the show were Brooke Adams (Meg) and Therena Cook (Chick). They were both completely believable in their roles. They really understood Meg and Chick and channeled them. They were such a joy to watch and as an actor I would love the opportunity to share the stage with either one of these women. Jamie Fambrough was excellent as Doc Porter. This is the first show I’ve seen him in and I was very impressed. I look forward to seeing more of what he can do. John King (Barnette Llyod) was good. There was a little bit of a projection issue, but I was sitting up in the balcony. A lot if his lines were rushed, but he’s young…that will take care of itself with more experience and training. He’s got a great presence and raw talent. I can’t wait to see what he’ll be doing in about 10 years.

It’s a small world…especially in the theatre. In reading the program I discovered that Charity White and I have a weird connection. She thanked Scott Price for introducing her to the character of “Babe” in high school at Washington County. Before he was the theatre director at Washington County Scott Price was the head of the theatre department at Georgia College & State University where I went to school. He was the person who recruited me and gave me my scholarship money and all the good stuff. Its neat to run into people who have studied with the people you’ve studied with. Its always tricky playing a part that you’ve played before…especially a part that you played while still in high school. I felt like Charity never really came close to understanding Babe. She was saying the words and going through the motions, but it was like there was no connection to the character at all. At no point did I ever feel like I was seeing Babe. We as actors have bad habits that we have to consciously work at to conquer. There were lots of instances when delivering lines she had a tendency to look up with her eyes…almost as if her lines were written on the underside of her brow bone. It was a focus issue…and one of my pet peeves as an audience member. I’m not pointing this out to be mean or to embarrass her. I had (and still have) a tendency to deliver my lines with my chin way up…like I’m sitting on the floor looking up at someone. Its just a nervous habit, but something that shouldn’t be happening when I’m on stage. Echoing what Holly Ghost said Kerry Rosewall (Lenny) played the matronly part of Lenny well, but again…I felt like there was a disconnect somewhere. She was saying the lines but I never saw Lenny. Vocally I felt like there were levels that needed to be there that weren’t. The lines were almost all delivered the same way. I kept waiting for her to kick it up into the next gear but that never happened.

All in all, this is a great show. Colleen rocks. I have no idea how she does all that she does. She did a fine job with this show. I think that the cast and crew should give themselves a huge pat on the back. I would definitely recommend seeing this show if you can. I also recommend checking out the strawberry cake at intermission. It is to die for!
Maybe a little harsh... by carlton9
I would have to disagree with your opinion of both Babe's and Lenny's performances ...when I saw the show opening weekend, I felt that both DID have a good connection with their characters and I did not ever notice Charity staring up at the celing. I thought the characters were well developed. I feel that your critique was looking for the negative points of the show...perhaps you were not in the correct frame of mind to sit back and enjoy a show or maybe they were having an "off" night...I had a wonderful evening and I thoroughly enjoyed the show myself. This is the first show that I have seen at the Holly Theatre and I look foward to seeing future productions that Babe and Lenny will be in. For a community theatre in a little "podunk" town the Holly really blew me away.
P.S. The sisters were living with their grandfather and it was not my impression that they were living in an antebellum home.
carlton9... by mooniemcmoonster
With all due respect maybe you should go back and re-read my review. I don't think that my review was overly negative, but I think you're focusing on the "negative" comments from my review. I said a lot of really positive things which seem to have been completely disregarded. I never said that I didn't have a good fact I suggested going to see the show. There was nothing at all wrong with my state of mind while watching the show. Just because I didn't think everything was perfect doesn't mean that I didn't enjoy the show. I think that my critique was pretty darn accurate and I stand by everything I said. I never said that Charity looked up at the ceiling...she rolled her eyes a lot while delivering her lines. I noticed it all the way up in the baclony. Maybe they were having on "off" night...that might account for line flubs (of which there were several and I didn't mention them in my review), but that wouldn't account for for things that I pointed out. These are my opinions, which I am entitled to just as you are entitled to your opinions. This is what this site is for.
A show with more Heart than Crimes
by Holly Ghost
Sunday, May 15, 2005
"Crimes of the Heart" is at its core a moving drama about being happy about what you have and who you are. The play takes place in the kitchen of old Granddaddy MaGrath, over the course of about 24 hours. The Greeks would be proud. Granddaddy is in the hospital, his health failing. Lenny, the oldest of the three sisters, has moved in with the old man to try to help out where she can. Meanwhile, Babe, the youngest sister, has shot her husband in the stomach for no real reason. Meg, the middle and "wild" sister, comes home from Hollywood to see about Babe and Granddaddy. More troubles in the forms of local gossip Cousin Chick, a shrunken ovary, old boyfriends, new boyfriends, and a forgotten birthday all make this a funny, yet quite poignant story.

Kerry Rosewall, as Lenny, nicely portrays the eldest of three sisters. She does a great job acting more maternal than fraternal as older siblings can often do. Her hard work on the role is easily visible, as the character seems completely effortless to her. She is a quite welcome newcomer to the Holly stage.

Charity White plays Babe, and her vacant looks as she talks about shooting her husband are downright hysterical. She does an amazing job of balancing the just slightly crazy side of the character with the completely sane side. This creates a character that we love, simply because she’s so cute and almost innocent, despite anything wrong she may have done. Charity also worked very hard on her character, and it too shows. Another welcome newcomer.

Brooke Adams, as Meg, adds an electricity to the stage that ignites the tension in the air. The most vibrant of the three sisters, Brooke somehow manages to not overpower the other two, but keep the character even with the others. In Brooke, I completely believed that she was the role. She convinced me that she was in fact Meg. And she should be applauded for that alone. Though not new to the Holly stage, I would certainly love to see her in more shows in the future.

Therena Cook, Cousin Chick, plays the gossipy counterpoint to the other three. All the “he said”s and “she said”s and “did you know”s are all played so well, makes you wonder if she used to be a gossip in a former life…? And though Chick has that amazing talent of killing your self-esteem at precisely the right moment, what happens in Act III elicits an ovation all by itself. Playing the “villain” in a show like this one isn’t easy, but Therena pulls it off just right.

John King, Barnette Lloyd, Babe’s young attourney, earns the most improved award. Stepping up from parts like “Fairy #3” and “Dungeon Keeper #2”, a part with substance was due him. He took the role seriously and has turned himself into a lawyer with more than just Babe’s interests in mind. Young, relatively inexperienced, and passionate, the part actually mirrors the actor somewhat, and it has proved a good match. I expect big things from John in the future.

Finally, Jamie Fambrough plays “Doc” Porter, Meg’s former flame, whom she left after a hurricane smashed his leg. Jamie seemed quite comfortable in the role, and as the only real laid back character in the whole show, provided a nice change of pace. My only gripe is that his limp, like his accent, would sometimes disappear. But both were slight to start with, so perhaps I’m just being really picky. But overall, his acting was just fine.

Colleen Quigley’s direction for the play was brilliant. Her blocking was subtle, but powerful at the same time. She easily understood the odd nature that is sibling dynamics, and it translates to the stage beautifully. This is the second show in a sprint of three that she is directing back to back.
You can do it Colleen! I believe in you!

Overall, a good example of what the Holly has to offer. Cast and crew, I applaud you! [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]
by cquigs
Thank you Holly Ghost, whoever you are. The cast and crew has worked incredibly hard on this production and their efforts were definately rewarded on opening weekend.
I Know! I Know! by bookmark
Ha, Ha, i know who it is, and I'm not telling!!!! (it's pretty obvious if you've been around the theather and know most of the people, reread both reviews)


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