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See How They Run
a Farce
CATEGORY : COMEDY
by Philip King

COMPANY : Rosewater Theatre Company [WEBSITE]
VENUE : Cumming Playhouse [WEBSITE]
ID# 1721

SHOWING : September 08, 2006 - September 23, 2006

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PRODUCTION DESCRIPTION

So swift is the action, so involved the situations, so rib tickling the plot in this London hit that at its finish audiences are left as exhausted from laughter as though they had run a foot race. Galloping in and out of the four doors of an English vicarage are an American actor and actress (he is now stationed with the air force in England), a cockney maid who has seen too many American movies, an old maid who "touches alcohol for the first time in her life," four men in clergyman suits presenting the problem of which is which, for disguised as one is an escaped prisoner, and a sedate Bishop aghast at all these goings on and the trumped up stories they tell him. Non stop fun and an absolute riot. You will be rolling in the aisles. This show ran on London's West End for 17 years and is currently in revival once again on London's stage.


CAST & CREW LIST
Director Amelia Bahr
Stage Manager Sue Shaw
Reverend Humphrey Brian Baumann
Miss Skillon Evelyn Cummo
Penelope Alicia Gum
Intruder Todd Martin
Clive Mercury
Sergeant G.S. Riley
Lionel Mark W. Schroeder
Ida Kristen Van Wageningen
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REVIEWS

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See How They Run
by Derrel Emmerson
Saturday, February 23, 2008
4.5
See How They Run (and Run)

Reviewer: Derrel Emmerson



I have not attended a play in a theater-in-the-round for many years. Last night I did. I am speaking of the Atlanta area’s only permanent theater of this type. It is the Rosewater Theater at 633 Holcomb Bridge Road.



The play, “See How They Run”, was an energetic piece with lots of action and, in this case, brilliant characterizations. The audience, typical of new theater openings, was small but the response was spectacular. In fact, it was the best I have seen at any local theater featuring everything from snickers to guffaws. This was no doubt encouraged by the unusual intimacy one has with the actors in this venue.



“See How They Run” is a must see for the theater enthusiast. Everyone was funny and good and that includes: Ana Gorman, Evelyn Cummo, John Misteretta, Elizabeth Fricke, Colin Rust, Adam Johnson, Don Debord, James Beck and G. Scott Riley. Evelyn Cummo starts off the action brilliantly as Miss Skillon, a prudish spinster in town with a crush on the Reverend Toop, by inadvertently getting drunk. The farce then hits its stride with over the speed-limit action and dialogue. If you go, prepare to hold onto your seats and exercise your tickle bone.


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Good review but wrong production by Okely Dokely
Hi Derrel,

It looks like you reviewed the wrong production of SHTR. Rosewater first did the show in 2006 at the Cumming Playhouse, and it looks like you meant to review the one that's running now in Roswell.

Just a heads up. You can copy and paste it in the correct place if you want.
It was awesome! Funny! Funny!
by rinieves
Tuesday, September 26, 2006
5.0
After a very exhausting day at work I went to see this play and thought I'd fall asleep because of the long day I'd had. This play was absolutely hilarious!!! Sorry Square, I don't know what play you were watching when Brian Baumann came up, but he was hilarious, especially with the hand movements he coined and had others copying.

My two favorite characters were Ida and Ms. Skillon!!! Those two women were just too funny, didn't seem to have to work hard to master the person they wanted to interpret. The German soldier was great with his German accent and no facial expressions.

I went home with a tummy ache from laughing so hard! Brian as Rev. Humphrey was great and nothing at all like what the other reviewer says. I'm looking forward to see him again in more plays. I saw him in A Christmas Carol last year and he stole the show. [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]
A Delightful Comedy In The Vein Of True British Artistry
by Square
Tuesday, September 26, 2006
5.0
The Rosewater Theatre Companies prdoduction of See How They Run is true Grade A art at the highest level. The methods of using British comedy have never been better and this show is at the forefront of the medium.

The direction for the show is inspired by Amelia Bahr and the fingerprints of true creation are evident here. The set design and props work are so wonderful and exciting you cant help but just feel magnetized to the room.

The cast is a rip-roaring rolicking team of veteran actors that have made this show all their own. I just find it fascinating how each actor adds so much to the show making it total and complete.

Kristen Van Wageningen finds an innocence and a straight face throughout the show that leaves us in stitches and makes her the role model of girls everywhere and in the dreams of boys everywhere.

John Spencer as the Bishop of Lax is a role that is owned by the actor and nobody can take away from. The Bishop has such moments of zany euchacatastrophe that it leaves the audience spellbound by his comic warmth.

Mark W. Schroeder in another excellent performance captivates the audience with his experience and his willingness to take the most daring of risks during the show and that is to be half naked.

Atlanta is very blessed to have Mercury as an actor in the area. The actor is channeling some hidden force to gain all the energy that is needed in the role. And by the time the show is over we have not seen just genius and comic masterfuklyl portrayed but true hard acting work has been accomplished.

Todd Martin has the quite simple role of the Nazi Spy. What is merely a few lines in the script is turned into a role of wonderful zeal and spciel that will give audiiences double takes of glee and remind us that no role is too small and that this role makes the show tighter. Martin's accent and facial expressions are worth the price of admission alone.

Alicia Gum as Penelope Toop has such a likability in the role that we love it when she is allowed the moments to really take control of the stage and whenever she smacks Ms. Skillon. This actress knows how to take comedy to new levels. The role is filled with charm and grace but then wacky moments of delusion and insanity and Gum finds the right tone for all of them.

One of the most special and honest portrayls ever to be done in the Cumming Playhouse is the role of Miss Skillon and Evelyn Cummo is more than just a delight in the role. She is the heart and soul of the show and her performace makes you not only care for Skillon stuck in the closet and being all "love-starved" but at the same time you feel the need thst she needs to be knocked out during intermission because she is a meanie who needs a reminder that it's only the Harvest Festival and sometimes its fun to let hair down and talk about Gungs Din.

There is only one true problem and mistake in this show and that is the Brian Baumann in the role of Arthur Humphrey. What a horrible horrible attempt at acting, it is so over-wrought with terrible decisions in character and judgement. The cast lifts Baumann to make his Humphrey seem decent but in the end he fails at an already feeble attempt to make the audience care about him.

All in all it is an excellent show that leaves audiences heading to the lavatories to make sure they did not pee their pants. [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]


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