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Hold Me!
a Comedy/Drama
CATEGORY : COMEDY DRAMA
by Jules Feiffer

COMPANY : Coup de Theatre Atlanta [WEBSITE]
VENUE : Relapse Theatre [WEBSITE]
ID# 2737

SHOWING : April 17, 2008 - April 27, 2008

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PRODUCTION DESCRIPTION

Blending together a series of sketches, skits and vignettes, this delightful revue peoples the stage with the engaging and all-too-human characters made famous through the author's renowned cartoons. The theme is the plight of today's city dweller, and the hang-ups, personality difficulties, identity crises and assorted mishaps which beset those trapped in what may begin as urban confusion but all too often ends as urban anguish. Staged with the utmost simplicity, and with each performer assuming a variety of roles, the play abounds in warmth and humor, and in the sad/funny truths that, in the final essence, are the very stuff of life.



Directed by: Sally Ann Cone

Assistant Directed by: Elissa Brown


CAST & CREW LIST
Director Sally Cone
Asst. Director Elissa Brown
Bernard Charlie Adair
Man Joe Baird
Woman 1 Lyndsay Ramberg
Woman 2 Shellie Schmals
Dancing Queen Adam Zangara
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REVIEWS

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A word from Sally Ann Cone …
by sallyanncone
Friday, December 5, 2008
NR
Hello, I am Sally Ann Cone, and I am the Artistic Director and Co-Founder of Coup de Theatre Atlanta. I was also the director of “Hold Me!”. I stumbled upon these reviews and was pleased to see we grabbed your attention. Please keep us in mind in the future and continue to offer us these reviews. I invite you all to visit our website (www.cdtatlanta.org) and join our mailing list to receive notice of our future shows.

Cheers, and Happy Holidays!
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Illusions
by g8grrl
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
NR
I debated if I should write this review. Its uncomfortable being so judgemental when I'm not even there myself. A student of theatre, who am I to critize? There is so much for me to grow as an performer and many more things to learn as an actress. As a senior, why should I judge adults? Well, like my teacher is challenging me to see and critique as many plays as possible this year before leaving to college. And its been a trip. I have seen wonderful shows, bad shows, and many inbetween. Most of all my eyes have been opened to how hard it is to bring art to on stage and how hard it is to convey life realistically before an audience.

Well imho I hated Hold Me! at the Relapse. Maybe I'm not old enough. Maybe I'm not smart enough. But its not funny at all. Its dark and sarcastic. And most of the time, except for the dancer, its really boring. At the same time, I like this troupe and hope they keep going. So instead of writing a review tearing a hole in everyone, I'll offer advice instead. Okay, like, coming from a high school senior, laugh at me all you want. But in case youre interested, here it is.

1. artistic director - pick plays you can handle. Its kewl you picked a show nobody heard of, but until you move up to a higher level, don't select stuff thats too artistically challenging.

2. actors - bring energy and urgency to your acting. this isn't a film. subtley works when building up a character. This makes everything one-demensional and similar, causing bordem in the audience. and most of all, have more fun with the material.

3. director - don't think everything has to be black and white. take some chances. let the scenes flow in and out. make the blocking less boxy.

4. playwright - Omg how depressing. you challenge our society's values. you have everyone walking around as life is an illusion. if life was really disillusional like this nothing remarkable would ever happen. Omg, what an elitist view you have. Your scarcastic humour is not kewl -- ITS DUMB. i've never seen your comic strips, but after seeing Hold Me, I don't think I ever will.

There. I did it. That was hard dyk. Maybe its my last review until college. Eod. [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]
If I’m not mistaken… by mooniemcmoonster
The director of this show and the artistic director of this company are one in the same. Let me also throw this out…I believe said director/artistic director is either currently in college or is college-aged (very early 20s). When I was her age I wouldn’t have had the balls to direct a show (my directing classes were terrifying enough) OR to assume the role of artistic director/co-founder of a theatre company. Hell, I’ve got a BA in theatre, have been in 30+ shows, and just turned 30 (ugh!!!!) and I am STILL having internal debates with myself as to whether or not I’m really ready to direct a show. She’s still a student (as we all are when you think about it). These things being said, I don’t believe your review is out of line AT ALL. This is how we learn. Please don’t let this be your last review. Think of how much you are learning about your craft by writing them…that’s how much WE are learning by being reviewed and by reading other reviews. Don’t shortchange yourself just because of this one production. You owe it to yourself to keep reviewing, imo.
My Two Cents by Dedalus
Speaking as a Middle-Aged Baby-Boomer, I will say I like Jules Feiffer and this script (yes, I actually know the show and have it in my library), but you're right -- it does need a certain skewed sense of humor and absurdist -1960's approach to work. I'm not sure a younger director "gets it" (or the period) enough to tackle it.

That being said, I think you did a fine job in delineating what (and why) you didn't like about the production without being venomous. I did see another show by this company and director (different venue, though), but can't comment on it because it's under M.A.T. consideration, so I also can't comment on whether I think they're "up to the task" of tackling this show. Much as I'd like to, my schedule won't let me see this.

Good luck as you move on!

-- Brad

The difference between failure and character assassination by line!
Every time the curtain goes up there is a risk. Sometimes a show succeeds and sometimes it fails. Just because you see it as a failed attempt doesn't mean we should hate the people involved or that they are losers. If anything they are heros because they were brave enough to try. Failure is not a bad thing - it can get expensive if you don't learn from it - but its not a bad thing. You did an excellent job of making that distinction. Good luck to you in your future endeavors!
-Rial
(Like Brad, I'm an old fart and am not up to speed on "textspeak" - does "dyk" mean "don't you know" and "eod" mean "end of discussion"?)
In Defense of Feiffer by Dedalus
Last night, just for Gits and Shiggles, I pulled out my "Hold Me" Script and reread it, just to see if it still holds up (Feiffer's scripts of "Little Murders" and "Carnal Knowledge" now come across is incredibly dated).

I had forgetten it was a compendium of Feiffer's New Yorker / Village Voice cartoons and was surprised to find it is still filled with relevant (and trenchant) observations about relationships and urban life. I don't think it "challenges society's values" as much as observes its foibles. The script, like his strips, isn't supposed to be laugh-out-loud funny**, but to be cooly ironic in its contradictions and self-delusional characters.

That being said, I can see how a production can come across as sarcastic if a layer of "Schtick" is added to beef up the laughs. I can also see how a younger viewer would have a hard time responding to some of its more cynical observations. Personally, I think you need some years, a few failed (or successful) relationships behind you, to fully appreciate what's being said. Younger casts and directors would probably miss any of the subtextual stuff going on (and, being Feiffer, there's tons of subtext). I cannot judge a production I haven't seen, but if the characters come across as they were "walking around as if life is an illusion," something vital is being missed here, or something counter-textual is being added.

For the record, the play was first produced in 1977, and included Paul Dooley, Michael Tucci, and Kathleen Chalfont in its original cast ....

I will conclude with a dance of pompous pseudo-pedantry to celebrate another pointless addition to the discussion. (Insert absurd visualization of middle-aged fart trying to plie through a chorus of crackling knees) ...

** That's not to say it can't make you laugh. This one still tickles me: "I grew up to have my father's looks -- my father's speech patterns -- my father's posture -- my father's walk -- my father's opinions -- and my mother's contempt for my father."
Thx by g8grrl
Moonie you are my dga! Brad you might be onto something, maybe the humour isn't understood, and thats why I didnt like it. And Rial, your right! And dga means digital guardian angel. Yay Moonie! :)
Hey g8grrl by SamKrenston
You hit the mark with your review. Good job, and good luck with your bright future.


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