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The Wooden Breeks

a Southeastern Premiere
CATEGORY : COMEDY DRAMA
by Glen Berger

COMPANY : Actor's Express [WEBSITE]
VENUE : Actor's Express [WEBSITE]
ID# 292

SHOWING : April 04, 2002 - May 11, 2002

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PRODUCTION DESCRIPTION

At the turn of the last century, Britain was swept with sensational stories describing burials of unlucky folk who, well, weren't actually dead. Hundreds of bell devices were mounted over the recently interred, with little strings running down into their coffins -- one tug and they'd be 'saved by the bell.' Recalling Dylan Thomas and James Joyce, this sweetly rollicking fairy tale set in Brigadoon-gone-bad shows us a way to make peace with the lost causes in our own lives.


CAST & CREW LIST
Fight Choreographer Jason Armit
Director Wier Harman
Tricity Jessie Andary
Hetty/Spoon Jennifer Crumbley Bonder
Wicker Andrew Bracken
Bosch Theo Harness
Van Hoother Daniel May
Armitage Nathan Mobley
Leap Bill Murphey
Toom Matthew Stanton
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REVIEWS

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Stories and Life
by Dedalus
Monday, May 6, 2002
4.0
So, there's this story I have to tell before it takes on a life of its own, for, as I learned when I saw "The Wooden Breeks" at Actor's Express, it is the tale that breathes more than the memory, since the past, like death, is defined as that which can't be changed, and to live in the past is to disappear from life, as if life were an empty trunk you can lock yourself into and never come out, as happens to the uber-romantic Armitage Shanks, who, as wildly played by Nathan Mobley, is in love with love, but can never say the name of his beloved, in this case, for a while, laundress Tricity Tiara, played with earthy twinkle by Jessie Andary, who provides more of an attraction to the reclusive lighthouse keeper Jarl Van Hoother, portrayed more as wild-eyed fanatic out of Beckett that a wild-eyed intellectual out of Joyce, than the ghostly grave-bell saleswoman Spoon played by Jennifer Crumbley Bonder, a "dead-ringer" for the object of poor old Tom Bosch's (Theo Harness in another excellent performance) lost love and the mother of his (or someone else's, it matters not) son Wicker (Andrew Bracken, believable and pitiable), who is yearning for the love of anyone, and who, instead, gets the story of the town of Brood, and the story, and the lives of the story-tellers, are so intertwined, and so compelling, that it is we, the hearers of the story who are left wishing we were the participants, like the "Twice-Widowed" Mrs. Nelles (Joanna Daniel), the love-smitted Vicar Leap (Bill Murphey), and the ice-hearted Toom the Stoup (Matt Stanton), so instead, we can only praise those who told this story, and relish the memory of a town and cast Dickensian in memory but small in reality, and realize, that the story we were going to tell at the top of this sentence can only be a pale ghost of Tom's story, so we can only relegate it to the dustpin of the past and tell our own stories as if they were his, or failing that, to steal his.

-- Brad Rudy (BKRudy@aol.com) [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]
breek-a-mouse!
by qwerty
Friday, April 26, 2002
5.0
slam bang pow! what a show. this has everything from adultery to death, and damn! lightning actually crashes on stage. the actor's express is actually a bullet train speeding towards your head! look out, you might be decapitated by the lofty dialogue. your guts will be turned inside out by the inner turmoil! go SEE IT! or else you might wake up to find yourself....DEAD!~ [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]


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