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Mort

a Comedy
CATEGORY : COMEDY
by Stephen Briggs, based on the novel byTerry Pratchett

COMPANY : Lionheart Theatre Company [WEBSITE]
VENUE : College Street Playhouse
ID# 4522

SHOWING : October 31, 2013 - November 17, 2013

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PRODUCTION DESCRIPTION

The surprisingly funny story of Mort, an awkward teenager who becomes Death’s apprentice!


CAST & CREW LIST
Director Jason Caldwell
Woman in Street Lindsey Acciarito
Rincewind/Landlord James Beck
Albert Bill Brown
Town Crier/Wizard Paula Capece
MC/Maid/Townsperson Laura Dietrich
Abbot/Prince Leo Finocchio
Duke of Sto Helit/Vizier Skip Huffman
Cutwell John Stephen King
King Olerve/High Priest Scott King
Goodie Hamstring Josie B. Lawson
Mr. Keeble Tim Link
Death Joseph McLaughlin
Princess Kelli Stella Pop-Ceapa
Ysabell Lauren Quesnel
Assassin Nicolas Renard
Acolyte/Wizard/Village Idiot Adam Simmons
Mort Austin Thiery
Doorknocker/Cyrus Chris Voss
Bursar David Wilson
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REVIEWS

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Mort Ill Kombat
by playgoer
Sunday, November 17, 2013
3.0
Terry Pratchett’s "Mort" has been adapted for the stage by Stephen Briggs and is being presented by Lionheart Theatre Company. For fans of Pratchett and Discworld, it might be lots of fun. For the rest of us, it’s moderately entertaining.

The story takes place in an alternate fantasy medieval world where Death is in charge of releasing people’s souls at the time of death. Death is getting a little bored with the job, though, and takes on an apprentice, Mort (short for Mortimer), who he leaves in charge prematurely so that Death can become a short-order cook. That should give you an idea of the slightly loopy comedy informing the whole piece.

The physical production is fairly impressive. Costumes, by Erin Bushko, are pretty extensive. In the case of Death, the costuming is splendid, with piercing blue eyes emerging from the depths of a deep hood topping a tattered cloak, skeleton hands clutching a scythe. Mort gets a stylishly asymmetric tunic. The many other cast members also get their share of medieval-tinged costumes. The action takes place in front of a painted background (scenic design by Jason Caldwell and Lindsey Acciarito; painting by Joe Gautreaux) that uses blacks and oranges to give us a steam-punk medieval/classical city view of buildings and spires fronting dark canals. Gary White’s lighting design nicely delineates the many playing areas used for individual scenes, and sound design by Bob Peterson fills downtime with very effective selections playing between the many scenes.

In terms of acting, the production is less impressive. The main players all have good stage presence, and director Jason Caldwell’s blocking allows all audience members to have a good view of the action, which includes a very nice strobe-lit fight scene. There are so many scenes, though, with so many characters, that the overall effect becomes that of least common denominator, with occasional amateurish performances dragging down the level of the whole. The show becomes a series of moments rather than a smoothly flowing story arc. [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]


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