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Easy

a Mystery
CATEGORY : DRAMA
by Phillip DePoy

COMPANY : Horizon Theatre Company [WEBSITE]
VENUE : Horizon Theatre Company [WEBSITE]
ID# 359

SHOWING : May 31, 2002 - July 21, 2002

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PRODUCTION DESCRIPTION

A noir detective mystery set in Atlanta.


CAST & CREW LIST
Playwright Phillip DePoy
Cast Lisa Adler
Cast Jeff Adler
Director Heidi Cline
Sound Designer Hudson Adams
Costume Designer Jamie Bullins
Light Op Leslye Kahn
Stage Manager Julie A. Richardson
Flap Tucker Brik Berkes
Ensemble LaLa Cochran
Woman Sara Gosier
Ensemble Luis Hernandez
Lenny Cascade Jeff McKerley
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REVIEWS

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The Case of the Missing Wall
by Dedalus
Monday, July 22, 2002
4.0
It was the sort of night that makes you want to turn up the air conditioner and curl up with a warm wife. The humidity was high enough to make you long for an aqualung, and the karma was so thick the scotch chasers seemed like dogmas. And the rumor was that Horizon Theatre’s production of “Easy” was missing its fourth wall.

Word on the street was that the show was a non-starter, that some good people were fed some bad dialogue, that the ATML was ready for some major flame wars. Even the dame from the AJC was calling it “Amateur Hour.” I knew if I wanted to crack this case, I’d have to wait until the last performance, when there was no where for the cast to go but out the door.

So, I turned off the Miles Davis, put in a Shankar CD, and made my way to the underbelly of Little Five Points to see if “Word on the Street” was really “Gas from a Burner.” I would have been packing heat if the weatherman hadn’t beaten me to the punch.

What I found was this Flap Tucker fella, played by Brik Berkes, telling about how a simple missing persons case led him down the path of cosmic interconnectedness, topless dancers, the extremes of love, and good French wine. This was a guy who had seen all that could be seen but was blind to what was in front of his face. He could see us through that missing fourth wall, but he couldn’t see the dame who gave his aura its necessary flash. He was, in short, the kind of guy I could relate to.

He joked, he cried, he judged, he searched, and I bought everything he said or did. “Word on the Street” was wrong again – this was the best piece of work I’ve ever seen from this guy. And Jeff McKerley’s performance as the dim but good-hearted Lenny was the best acting I’ve seen since Jeff McKerley’s performance as Ivanov. Rather than give us a Saturday Night Live impression of a dimwit, this McKerley fella got into Lenny’s skin, making him a human being inside and out, making me laugh one minute before making me sob like a little girl.

The rest of the cast were equally impressive, especially Luis Hernandez and Lala Cochran, playing multiple roles as distinct as the neighborhoods of Atlanta. Sara Gosier and Agnes Harty as the Yangs to McKerley and Berkes’ Yins almost made me forget the woman who was waiting for me at home.

And the play itself worked. I believed the dialogue, I believed the mystery, I loved how each new clue opened the door to a deeper problem, and I loved how the asides through that missing wall made the conclusions all the more credible. This play made me want to go out and read all of Philip DePoy’s Flap Tucker books – and what better compliment can be made than that?

So, did I crack this case? Yeah. The wall was never missing. It was behind the audience all the time, making us a part of the case, part of the solution, part of the interconnectedness. And I’ll certainly think twice before relying on “Word on the Street” for my inside dope. Now, where did I put that herbal tea?

--- Brad Rudy (BKRudy@aol.com)
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Great!!
by ilovedd
Friday, July 5, 2002
5.0
I thouroughly enjoyed the production. Different from the book but if you know the characters you will still feel like you can know them, just a slightly different - but good - ending. Recommend - definetly! Great cast, great playwright, great director, and I would imagine great artistic director. Go see it. [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]
acting great, play needs work
by Screensaver
Thursday, May 30, 2002
3.0
Acting was great, scenes great, but the play needs more focus. Flap is a likeable guy, but I don't need his insights, I can make my own. First part of play needs trimming. [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]


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