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Visiting Mr. Green
a Comedy/Drama
CATEGORY : COMEDY DRAMA
by Jeff Baron

COMPANY : Stage Door Players [WEBSITE]
VENUE : Stage Door Players [WEBSITE]
ID# 4420

SHOWING : January 25, 2013 - February 17, 2013

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PRODUCTION DESCRIPTION

Mr. Green wanders into New York traffic and is almost hit by a car driven by Ross Gardiner. When the young man is given community service to help the recent widower we find ourselves at the start of a comedy/drama about two men who at first can't stand to be in the same room together. But as they get to know each other, they find some shaky common ground, and help to heal the old wounds they've both been hiding.


CAST & CREW LIST
Director Alan Kilpatrick
Mr. Green Theo Harness
Ross Gardiner Chad Martin
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REVIEWS

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It's Not Easy Being Green
by playgoer
Sunday, February 10, 2013
4.5
Jeff Baron's "Visiting Mr. Green" strings together a collection of nine visits to Mr. Green from Ross Gardiner, a man sentenced to the community service of checking up on widower Mr. Green once a week. He nearly hit Mr. Green with his car and, well, the judge decided that this service was the appropriate punishment. Mr. Baron cleverly lays out the bombshells of the plot in a steady stream from scene to scene, taking the story in a generally satisfying direction. The final moment is a bit of a let-down, though, since the lights black out on a knock on the door of Mr. Green's New York walk-up apartment. We know who's on the other side of the door, but the economics of the piece (two actors, period) prevent us from experiencing the satisfaction of an emotional reunion.

Actors Theo Harness and Chad Martin both do beautiful, nuanced work. Theo's old-man shuffle is convincing, and his makeup of a facial bruise slowly fading over time is superb. Jim Alford's costume design doesn't quite ring true, though. Mr. Green's shirts are occasionally a bit too fashionable for a set-in-his-ways 86-year-old. Mr. Gardiner's shirts tend toward the guayabera, so they don't exactly scream "New York." That's a minor quibble, though, since the acting and story are what carry the show, not the costumes or Chuck Welcome's attractive set or the excellent sound effects in Dan Bauman's sound design or the Yiddish songs covering scene changes. John David Williams' lighting design isn't any fancier than it needs to be, and it lets the show shine through.

Director Alan Kilpatrick has fashioned a genuinely funny and moving production from the raw material of the script, the contributions of the design staff, and the acting skills of Theo Harness and Chad Martin. Audiences are eating up this show, as they should. It's a very entertaining, touching story of two men forging a relationship out of forced interaction. [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]


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