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Heaven Can Wait
a Comedy Improvisation
CATEGORY : COMEDY
by Harry Segal

COMPANY : Kudzu Playhouse [WEBSITE]
VENUE : Kudzu Playhouse [WEBSITE]
ID# 1339

SHOWING : July 17, 2005 - August 20, 2005

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PRODUCTION DESCRIPTION

Mr. Jordan is checking in new arrivals at the Gates of heaven. He is interrupted by the arrival of Joe Pendelton, an attractive prizefighter, who refuses to admit he is dead and induces Jordan to look up the "records" which reveal that Joe is not scheduled to arrive for another sixty years. Joe starts to return to earth but learns that his body has been cremated and he has no body to return to. Jordan promises to find Joe another body but that turns out to be harder than anyone could ever imagine.


CAST & CREW LIST
Director Wally Hinds
Stage Manager Kristen M Smith
Lights/Sound/Tech Kristen M Smith
Messenger 7013 Chris Arapoglou
Lefty Chip Decker
Joe Pendleton Greg Fitzgerald
Bette Logan Traci Kemp
Mr. Jordan Brink Miller
Julia Farnsworth Amy Palys
Max Levene Murray Sarkin
Tony Abbot Bob Smith
Susie (Maid) Ariel K. Stewart
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REVIEWS

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Well this was something interesting.
by tylers
Monday, July 25, 2005
4.0
Well folks I went back and forth as to giving this show a 3 or a 4. I decided to go with four simply because there were to characters in the show that I have never seen more perfectly cast in all my life. Brink Miller and Murray Sarkin. Brink... you were PERFECT for the part you portrayed. Murray same goes for you! Ok now that I have giving these two their props we will begin with the actual review.

While there were many many parts of this show that I truly enjoyed I would have to say that many of the funniest lines were somewhat bulldozed right over. I found myself not wanting to laugh simply because there was not enough time taken by the actors for the laughs. They would just continues right on with what they were saying with no regard for pausing. This is a MAJOR pet peeve of mine. While I do understand that sometimes during opening weekend (we have all been through this) there are lines that get a laugh that you never expect, however this late in the run I don't believe that to be true. Also with the wife and the assistant I could not really decide what accents they were going for. For me it went from American high class to British to Australian. The main character Joe also did something that I find annoying (yes this is the director in me talking and I know I am stubborn about "Dead Letter Perfect") he said a long "ehhh" before almost every line he delivered. I am not sure if this is just the actor's habit or due to the fact that a clearly most of the dialogue is his and he was unsure of the lines. On a positive not I did believe him as the character and did see the struggle he was feeling. As I mentioned before I felt that the stand out characters were those played by Brink and Murry but there was someone else that caught my eye. The young lady that played the part of Bette was also a joy to watch. She delivered the lines clearly and her emotion showed through and through. All in all I did enjoy myself during this performance but I still feel that there were many "moments" in the show that could have been much much funnier had the actors 1. taken the time to pause for laughs and 2. really looked and the script more and played up the not-no-obvious comedic areas. I would recommend it to someone else.

Tyler Schaker

P.S. Beautiful Set [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]
a piece of trivia you may or may not have known by Okely Dokely
I just looked at the cast list and I see that Brink is playing Mr. Jordan. I just assumed that he was reprising the role of Tony, which he played at the Village Playhouses of Roswell from New Year's Eve 1994 to February of 1995. It was the first thing I ever saw Brink in, and the first of many shows he did at VCP/RVT. I do remember Murray played Max Levene then, and he was fantastic in that role. Good to hear he's reprising it.


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