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Postmortem
a Thriller
CATEGORY :
by Ken Ludwig

COMPANY : Polk Street Players [WEBSITE]
VENUE : Stellar Cellar
ID# 2500

SHOWING : January 18, 2008 - February 02, 2008

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PRODUCTION DESCRIPTION

It is April, 1922 and the cast of William Gillette's latest Broadway revival of "Sherlock Holmes" has assembled for a weekend of relaxation at his magnificent medieval castle on a bluff overlooking the Connecticut River. For entertainment, actor-manager, playwright and hearththrob William Gillette has arranged a seance. However, Gillette has an ulterior motive: he believes that one of his guests murdered his fiancee exactly one year earlier, and he intends to find out just who. Directed by Greg Fitzgerald.


CAST & CREW LIST
Director Greg Fitzgerald
Lights Michael Campion
Stage Manager Mary Nimsgern
May Dison Elizabeth Blakemore
Marion Barrett Tiffany Brennaman
Leo Barrett Rick Glaudel
Bobby Carlyle James Northway
Aunt Lilly Warner Lynda Palmer
William Gillette Bob Smith
Louise Parradine Tracy Wisniewski
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REVIEWS

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Size doesn't matter - small can be fun!
by g8grrl
Monday, January 28, 2008
3.5
Okay, this isn't the best play ever performed, but its fun and has many good qualities. Let me knock out the bad stuff first, then I'll tell you the good.

Now this theater is really old and super tiny. So no surpise that the set and lights are super simple. I can imagine tons of tech ideas that can be added to this show, but almost nothing can be added in this small space. Then there are moments where the acting gets in dreadful lulls, making the play just plod along. Most irritating is the lead actor, who imnsho drags down the show. The plot of the show revolves around him as he tries to find out who killed his fiance. He's not all that bad of an actor, but he doesn't have much range, so as a lead he drags down the play. I think he can learn from this and become a better actor.

Now for the good. The script is fabulous. Even with the problems, I had fun watching this play. I especially liked the guns and the whodoneits. I also like how the director and actors worked around the space. Does size matter? Not if you use all you got! Cast and crew got past their limitations fairly well. And even if some action becomes more obvious and corny without the tech, its pretty fab to experience such gunfire in a tiny theater.

Oh and I need to give a shout out to Bobby and Louise. Both gave much needed zip to the play. Bobby, you're soooo fab and cute. lgbn&f! jjwy. And Louise, you made me smile at every turn. ilu! [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]


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