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Auntie Mame

a Comedy
CATEGORY : COMEDY
by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee, based on the novel by Patrick Dennis

COMPANY : The Process Theatre Company [WEBSITE]
VENUE : Onstage Atlanta, Inc. (Decatur) [WEBSITE]
ID# 4264

SHOWING : April 14, 2012 - May 05, 2012

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PRODUCTION DESCRIPTION

The Process Theatre Company proudly presents Topher Payne (GA Voice Reader’s Choice, Best Local Actor; David Magazine’s Artist of the Year) as the flamboyant,
devil-may-care Mame Dennis in Lawrence and Lee’s classic comedy, AUNTIE MAME.
Left in Mame's care when his millionaire father drops dead, young Patrick is quickly indoctrinated into his aunt's philosophy that "Life is a banquet, and most poor
sons-of-bitches are starving to death."
Social-climbing executor Dwight Babcock does his best to raise Patrick as a stuffy American aristocrat, but Mame, assisted by her boozy best friend, Vera Charles, is
determined to introduce him to all the wonders of life, from jazz-age New York to the rolling hills of a Georgia plantation called Peckerwood.
AUNTIE MAME, the largest production in Process Theatre’s history, features an ensemble of fifteen Atlanta stage favorites, including DeWayne Morgan as Vera, Larry Davis as Gooch, and Kate Graham & Bryan Lee as Patrick Dennis.


CAST & CREW LIST
Director Barbara Cole Uterhardt
Scenic Design Cynthia Brower
Lighting Designer Elisabeth Cooper
Wig Designer George Deavours
Costume Designer Jane Kroessig
Properties Design Kathy Manning
Stage Manager Betty Mitchell
Lindsay Woolsey Jeffery Brown
Fan & Gloria Barbara Cole Uterhardt
Sally Cato MacDougal Amanda Cucher
Agnes Gooch Larry Davis
Ito Aaron Gotlieb
Young Patrick Dennis Kate Graham
Dwight Babcock Charles Green
Norah Muldoon Jo Howarth
Adult Patrick Dennis Bryan Lee
Doris Upson Jennifer Lee
Vera Charles DeWayne Morgan
Brian O'Bannion Brandon Partrick
Mame Dennis Topher Payne
Gloria Upson Amanda Leigh Pickard
Beauregarde Jackson Pickett Burnside Bob Smith
Ralph Devine Jonathan Wierenga
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Unkie Mame
by playgoer
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
4.0
The Process Theatre Company's "Auntie Mame" has freshened this American classic by casting a number of roles across gender. In general, this works well. Particularly for those men asked to play both male and female characters, it gives them a chance to show acting range. The double casting of nearly all the actors gives them all ample chances to shine.

The actors who aren't double cast form the household of Mame Dennis. First and foremost is Topher Payne as Auntie Mame. He plays the role with great line readings, great grace, and great heart. There's not a hint of travesty in the performance. Much less successful is DeWayne Morgan as Vera Charles. Although he has a wide variety of elegant gowns (as does Mr. Payne), he isn't too convincing as a renowned actress.

Jo Howarth is wonderfully Irish as Norah Muldoon, the woman who brings young Patrick Dennis to the home of his only living relative, his Auntie Mame. Aaron Gotlieb is indeterminately foreign as Ito, the house boy. Kate Graham is perfectly acceptable as Young Patrick, doing a particularly fine job of suggesting aging at the start of act two. Bryan Lee has considerably less stage time as Grown Patrick, but he brings nice dimensions to his role.

The double-cast actors have multiple chances to make impressions. Charles Green does the most with his two roles as grumpy Babcock and dyspeptic Mother Burnside. Bob Smith also makes favorable impressions with his cheery Beauregard Burnside and his oh-so-upper-crust Mr. Upson. Amanda Cucher really livens up the proceedings as Sally Cato, and Larry Davis gets a huge audience response as Agnes Gooch. Costume design by Jane Kroessig and wigs do a lot to delineate character and add variety to the proceedings.

The ungainly set by Cynthia Brower acts as an acceptable backdrop for the many scene changes. Kathy Manning's props, though, do a better job of adding life to the settings. Period-appropriate song selections in Charlie Miller's sound design cover the scene changes attractively. This is a fine production of "Auntie Mame," letting the strong story come through, with the gender-bending elements adding a bit of interest while not throwing off the balance of the whole. [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]


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