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Second Samuel

a Comedy/Drama
CATEGORY : COMEDY DRAMA
by Pamela Parker

COMPANY : Lionheart Theatre Company [WEBSITE]
VENUE : Norcross Community and Cultural Arts Center
ID# 4435

SHOWING : March 08, 2013 - March 24, 2013

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PRODUCTION DESCRIPTION

A simpler time in South Georgia...
Miss Gertrude passes...
Dark secrets are about to be revealed...
ENTIRE TOWN TURNS UPSIDE DOWN
Will Second Samuel ever be normal again?


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Director Amy Szymanski
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Hyperkinetic
by playgoer
Monday, March 18, 2013
4.0
"Second Samuel" tells the tale of a fictional Georgia town's reaction to the death of Miss Gertrude. It's narrated by B-Flat (the hyperkinetic and terrific Joel Coady), a simple-minded resident Miss Gertrude helped care for (and about). The residents of the town are all eccentric in one fashion or another, ranging from the caustic tension between Marcela (Glory Hanna) and Jimmy Deeanne (Brandi Kilgore) to the sweet levelheadedness of US (Louie Love).

A lot of the fun comes from the cross-cutting action between the local beauty shop (stage right, where the women congregate) and the local bait & bar (stage left, where the men congregate). Center stage is the porch of Miss Gertrude's house, complete with rocking chair, plant, and watering can. The set design, by Tanya Caldwell and director Amy Szymanski, is terrific, squeezing in a lot of charm in a relatively small area. The sunny yellow of Miss Gertrude's and the loud pink of the beauty shop make the stage colorful, and the smudged black paint separating the locales works remarkably well to brighten the colors and provide the intended separation. A number of people worked on the props, set construction, and set painting, and their efforts have contributed greatly to the success of the production.

Amy Szymanski's direction also contributes greatly to the success, as does Gary White's lighting design (and able light operation by Jason Caldwell). Action moves back and forth onstage and down the middle aisle, and lighting cues spark the motion of frozen characters as one short scene follows another. It all moves briskly, with a terrific build to the act one conclusion. Act two concludes more quietly, with a slowly rocking chair as our final image of the town of Second Samuel.

Joel Coady's performance is what really makes the production. He's vulnerable, confused, and energetic, presenting the heartfelt lessons of the story in an entertaining, heartwarming fashion. All the other actors provide able support and work well as an ensemble, but it's Mr. Coady who provides the glue that makes it all stick together. Pamela Parker's "Second Samuel" isn't nearly as biblical as the title might suggest, but it sure is an entertaining evening of theatre, sparked by energy and charm. [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]


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