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Dear Ruth
a Romantic Comedy
CATEGORY : COMEDY DRAMA
by Norman Krasna

COMPANY : ACT1 [WEBSITE]
VENUE : ACT1 Theater [WEBSITE]
ID# 3664

SHOWING : March 05, 2010 - March 27, 2010

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PRODUCTION DESCRIPTION

It is 1944. A US Army Air Corps Lieutenant falls in love with his pen-pal, Ruth. He is armed only with her beautiful love letters and a single picture of her which he carries with him always. When he finally gets leave, he goes directly to Ruth to propose. The problem is, when he arrives, he finds that she has never heard of him before, and she is very much engaged to someone else.


CAST & CREW LIST
Director Robin Thornett
Props Master Rebecca Coffee
Set Decoration Gayley Crockett
Light & Sound Guru Murray Mann
Publicity Barbara McFann
Set Construction Rich Vandever
Costumer Anne Voller
Harry Wilkins Dennis Barger
Ruth Wilkins Alyese Black
Lt William Seawright William Bradshaw
Albert Cooper Patrick Hill
Miriam Wilkins Keelie Hogan
Dora Margaret Hollis
Martha Seawright Jessica Renard
Edith Wilkins Julie Rhinehart
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Dear Ruth Review in The Beacon
by MaggieWest
Saturday, March 13, 2010
4.0
I wrote the above review listed on this website for ACT1's "Dear Ruth" production. And though I am not the person who posted it here, they get four stars in my book! [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]
Review from Alpharetta Beacon - "It's a must see."
by shark
Friday, March 12, 2010
4.0
Broadway Hit Comes to Alpharetta
You've come a long way, baby.
By Maggie West / Staff

You've come a long way, baby.

Dear Ruth debuted on Broadway in 1944. Three years later it made it to Hollywood, then Off Broadway, and now to the ACT1 Theater in Alpharetta. It stood the test of time. And ACT1's rendition was as delightful and witty as its predecessors.

This small playhouse, nestled beside the Alpharetta Presbyterian Church, has a warm and fuzzy atmosphere that extends past the inviting entrance, quaint seating arrangement and swathes of velvet over every doorway. It's charming.

As the play began, a hush fell over the small but spirited crowd.

The laughs were timed perfectly. And there are many in this play. It's difficult to choose one or two to mention. Though the pace of the production slows toward the end of the third act, it more than makes up for it by the fifth and final acts.

Dennis Barger's, as Harry Wilkins, and Keelie Hogan's, as Miriam Wilkins (his daughter), timely play off each other was flawlessly done. Both offered a stunning performance and received most of the laughs in the room. But the renowned pearl in the oyster was definitely Margaret Hollis as Doris. Her performance, though only a bit part, was quite entertaining.

The small proscenium stage was set in such a manner as to draw the audience into the action. With its furniture impeccably arranged to the very edges of the playing area, one felt as if he or she were part of the performance.

The lighting, however, was overstated. It lacked creativity as well: Day or night, the stage lights remained the same.

Overall, though, the audience experienced a spectacular performance by all.

So much so, that in the finale when the actors on stage simultaneously shouted "No" and the lights dimmed for the last time, the room was full of laughter.

It's a must see.

Dear Ruth runs from March 5 - March 27 at the ACT1 Theater on Academy Street in Alpharetta. For more information call (770) 663-8989 or visit their website http://www.act1theater.com/
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