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Charm School

a World Premiere
CATEGORY :
by Larry Larson and Eddie Levi Lee

COMPANY : Horizon Theatre Company [WEBSITE]
VENUE : Horizon Theatre Company [WEBSITE]
ID# 2301

SHOWING : May 25, 2007 - June 25, 2007

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PRODUCTION DESCRIPTION

Atlanta Playwrights Larson and Lee turn their scalpels on Corporate Diversity training, as the wrong joke at the wrong time sends long-time Bakery Supply worker Ray to an intense seminar in Consciousness Raising.


CAST & CREW LIST
Writer/Composer Larry Larson
Writer/Composer Eddie Levi Lee
Director Jeff Adler
Production Stage Manager Elizabeth Campbell
Stage Manager (SUB) Ronnie L. Campbell
Cast Megan Hayes
Cast Neal Hazard
Cast Yvonne Singh
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REVIEWS

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Quite Charming, Actually
by EKFricke
Thursday, June 14, 2007
NR
On the strength of "9 Parts of Desire", my friends Barbara & Amanda bought season tickets to Horizon and they invited me along for the newest offering, Charm School. I'm always glad to get dragged to the theater - especially theater in my neighborhood (ah the joys of NOT being on GA-400).

I'll not be as effusive in my praise of this one as I was for 9 Parts. It was quite charming and funny and I even sniffed a few times near the end. But it was a much lighter performance and my friend Barbara turned to me and said "Liz, are you CRYING? Ugh - you are such a softie!" So - perhaps not as much resonance (at least with us) as other plays we've seen.

As Brad pointed out - the acting is SUPERB with the weakest link *maybe* being the young "diversity training actress" (can't remember her name). The choice to "telegraph" her performance while "performing" worked very well and to great comic effect, but sometimes that cheesiness came through in her straight scenes too - and lessened the impact a bit. But that's nitpicking really because everyone did a pretty darn good job onstage.

I did enjoy myself and I would recommend the play to others - but it really wasn't one that got the old noodle going and those are the plays I like the most. But for a good old-fashioned let's-not-get-too-deep night at the theater show, I'd say Charm School is just the ticket.

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If You Don't Know That You Don't Know, How Can You Know When You're Wrong?
by Dedalus
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
4.0
(A PowerPoint © Presentation)




Slide One
IF YOU DON’T KNOW THAT YOU DON’T KNOW, HOW CAN YOU KNOW WHEN YOU’RE WRONG?
(A Pseudo-review by Dedalus)





Slide Two
INTRODUCTION


  • The Play:
    • “CHARM SCHOOL” by Larry Larson and Eddie Levi Lee

  • The Company:
    • Horizon Theatre Company

  • The Artistic Staff:
    • Directors: Lisa and Jeff Adler
    • Actors: Larry Larson, Eddie Levi Lee, Megan Hayes, Neal Hazard, Yvonne Singh,
      and Ann Wilson
    • Sets and Lights: Kelly Allison
    • Costumes: Kim Schronmeier
    • Sound: Walter Tillman
    • Props: Alisa Allison
    • Stage Management: Liz Campbell





Slide Three
PSEUDOREVIEW FOCUS POINTS

  1. Diversity Training, Pros and Cons
  2. Political Correctness, Pros and Cons
  3. Complex Subjects Reduced to Bullet-Point Oversimplification
  4. Point-Of-View Ambivalence





Slide Four
DIVERSITY TRAINING, PROS AND CONS

  • PROS
    1. Reduce Stereotyping
    2. Promote teamwork across realistic barriers
    3. Increase Bottom Line

  • CONS
    1. Replacing Negative Stereotypes with Positive Stereotypes
    2. Suppression of local “color”
    3. Encountering Denial





Slide Five
POLITICAL CORRECTNESS

  • PROS
    1. Improve Negative Workplace Culture
    2. Reduce Lawsuit Exposure
    3. Increase Bottom Line

  • CONS
    1. Ignoring Realistic Expectations and Deeply Felt Self-Imagery
    2. Standards Subject to Ideological Bias
    3. Encountering Resistance





Slide Six
COMPLEX SUBJECTS REDUCED TO BULLET-POINT OVERSIMPLIFICATION

  1. Can Profoundly Felt Personal Biases be changed by a 5-Day Workshop?
  2. Is it like raising the Titanic with an eye-dropper?
  3. Can even a funny and compelling play hope to treat the subject with any depth?





Slide Seven
POINT-OF-VIEW AMBIVALENCE

  1. It’s true that “Ethnic” and “Insult” humor is no longer funny
  2. It’s true that everyone in the play is right and everyone is wrong
  3. It’s more compelling than choosing easy villains and easy solutions





Slide Eight
CONCLUSION

  1. “Charm School” is a funny and timely play that earns its laughs, makes its points, and raising its questions.
  2. Horizon’s cast and production team are working in top form
  3. Larson and Lee are an Atlanta treasure as writers, as actors, and as artists.
  4. Show is Highly Recommended.





Slide Nine
QUESTIONS AND COMMENTS?





Bradley K. Rudy
Pseudocritic and Pedant
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BKRudy@aol.com



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