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Donít Mention My Name

a Comedy
CATEGORY : COMEDY DRAMA
by Fred Carmichael

COMPANY : Kudzu Playhouse [WEBSITE]
VENUE : Kudzu Playhouse [WEBSITE]
ID# 3480

SHOWING : August 21, 2009 - September 20, 2009

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PRODUCTION DESCRIPTION

An award-winning playwright asks what you would do if you suffered temporary amnesia and stumbled into a bed and breakfast off season only to find you were expected for the week end. The plot becomes more and more hilarious until all questions are answered, including who the hero is and what the crime is with a surprising twist ending. This combination of intriguing laughter, romance and mystery provides a delightful evening.

Showing through September 20, 2009
Fridays & Saturdays at 8:00 pm
Sunday Matinees at 3:00 pm

Please call 770-594-1020 for reservations


CAST & CREW LIST
Director Greg Fitzgerald
Stage Manager Colleen Kilts
Tech David Shelton
Dexter Chandler Brad Corbin
Paul MIles Greg Fitzgerald
Sylvia Dutton Maureen Krivo
Kitty Carson Rochelle Markert
Wilma Chandler Barbara Moras
Verla Perkins Janeen Simpson
Man Lane Teilhaber
Jane Ridgely Angie Waller
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REVIEWS

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by Dcarroll
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
5.0
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Disappointingly lackluster
by fanatic
Monday, September 14, 2009
2.5
For a screwball comedy to be successfully staged, one must start with an energetic and whimsical cast. Regrettably this is not the case for ĎDonít Mention My Nameí, a contemporary farce with a Pentagon twist now showing at the Kudzu Playhouse. Not that there isnít ample opportunity for such fun. Fred Carmichaelís script is highly amusing, and his script borders on the ridiculous - with abundant shenanigans and many humorous vignettes.

Disappointingly, much of fun is lost by an uneven cast and lackluster direction. Scenes are paced slowly and low-energy acting disrupts the flow between the many vignettes. More gravely, the central figure, played by Lane Teilhaber, turns in a flat and uninspired performance as the disheveled amnesia victim.

Not all is lost, there are silver linings. Angie Waller hits all the high notes with her tour-de-force performance as Jane. Likewise, Greg Fitzgerald, in his numerous yet brief appearances, is marvelously funny as an exercise nut. Both Ms. Waller and Mr. Fitzgerald light up the stage with their exuberant energy and vitality. If the rest of the cast could turn similar performances, this wouldnít have been such a hard show to sit through. [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]
Maybe not Kudzu's best, but ... by trazom777
it is harmless fun, performed with joy by dedicated local actors. So who cares?
the patrons by junieb
I believe the patrons paying are the ones who care if they are spending good money in today's economy to see a good show
Thanks junieb by fanatic
My boyfriend and I paid nearly $40 for tickets, and we don't have that much money.
Names Will Be Mentioned
by playgoer
Sunday, August 23, 2009
3.5
In his pre-show speech, director Greg Fitzgerald tells the audience, "if you like the show, tell all your friends; if you don't like the show, don't mention my name!" Well, all I can say is "names will be mentioned."

Greg Fitzgerald plays a self-absorbed fitness nut in the play, and brings a lot of energy and character to the role. All the supporting characters do.

Brad Corbin and Maureen Krivo start the show with a flashlight-lit scene that lays the confusing seeds of the plot. Janeen Simpson soon adds to the fun as a backwoods-accented amazon (never mind that the accent is far from a Vermont accent, although that's where the action purportedly takes place). Rochelle Markert makes a memorable entrance with her tanned good looks, and Barbara Moras perks up the end of the first act (and act two) with her wry delivery and perfectly in-character reactions.

Angie Waller plays the lead female role of Jane Ridgely and does it with an energy that equals that of the rest of the cast. She has the presence of a sitcom star and keeps the play moving along, right through the conclusion of the ridiculous plot.

Lane Teilhaber, however, doesn't hold his own as the male lead, an amnesiac who is referred to by a different name by everyone else in the cast. He plays the role in so low-key and colorless a fashion that he basically becomes a cipher around which the action flows.

The set is terrific, with the side-by-side doors a farce requires. The show isn't really a farce, though, but a comedy with farce-like complications and the framework of a mystery. It's best not to try too hard to figure out the mystery, since it's all wrapped up in a fairly perfunctory manner in act two, and you needn't have paid attention to each dropped clue in act one to get the full idea. The plot and the comedy both rely largely on repetition (such as the amnesiac getting passionate kisses from nearly all of the comely female characters upon their entrances -- poor Mr. Teilhaber!).

"Don't Mention My Name" is a cute show, hardly the best script in town, but enjoyable for an entertaining couple of hours (actually less). You won't remember it as the best vintage of the season, but it sure is easy going down. [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]


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