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Playboy of the Western World

CATEGORY :
by J.M. Synge

COMPANY : Theatre Gael [WEBSITE]
VENUE : 14th Street Playhouse [WEBSITE]
ID# 444

SHOWING : March 22, 2002 - April 14, 2002

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PRODUCTION DESCRIPTION


CAST & CREW LIST
Cast John Stephens
Fight Choreographer Jason Armit
Lighting Designer Hilton Garrett
Stage Manager Betty Mitchell
Scenic Designer Philip J. Santora
Christy Mahon Damon Boggess
Old Mahon John Cairney
Honor Blake Lindsey Garrett
Jimmy Farrell Troy Heard
Shawn Keogh Jim Hubbert
Pegeen Mike Emily James
Susan Brady Tracy Lovitz
Widow Quinn Marcie Millard
Nelly Donahoo Shellie Sims
MIchael James Winslow Thomas
Philly Cullen Dave Weber
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REVIEWS

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Fun Evening But I'm a Little Confused
by Angelico
Monday, March 25, 2002
4.0
The Playboy of the Western World is a fun, enjoyable experience for any audience member. However, I am still unclear about some of the theatrical elements of the production. For example, why do all but two of the characters have Irish accents? Tracy Lovitz comes to mind as having a pronounced English accent throughout the entire piece. I thought that even at this point the two countries had no great love for each other. Also, before and after the intermission, there are beautiful yet random musical interludes that jerk the audience back into the reality of being an audience. Speaking of reality checks, why is the fourth wall shattered over and over during the mule race portion? Those lines could easily be directed to another character rather than be a disturbing, jolting reminder that what we are seeing is fiction.

All of this aside, The Playboy of the Western World is a wonderful addition to the varied mix that 14th Street Playhouse houses. Emily James and Damon Boggess play delightfully odd and lovable characters that make the play very enjoyable; however, the star of the evening was Marcie Millard. Her portrayal of the young, devious widow gave the show a sense of purpose that was not present in the first twenty minutes of the show.

All in all, John Stephens should be proud of his creation, but still keep his audience in mind while fulfilling his vision. [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]


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