SUBMIT ABOUT FAQ
PEOPLE COMPANIES VENUES
LOGIN NEW USER PRODUCTIONS
REVIEWERS SIX DEGREES
A User-Driven Site for Theater in Atlanta, Georgia
The Savannah Disputation

a Comedy
CATEGORY : COMEDY DRAMA
by Evan Smith

COMPANY : Theatrical Outfit [WEBSITE]
VENUE : Balzer Theatre @ Herren's [WEBSITE]
ID# 4624

SHOWING : August 21, 2014 - September 07, 2014

[REVIEW THIS PRODUCTION]

PRODUCTION DESCRIPTION

In this 2009 dramatic comedy, two plain as-potatoes sisters of the Roman Catholic persuasion forget all about Southern charm when a peppy evangelical Christian comes to their door. “If you’re nice to them, they just keep coming back,” one sister tells the other. “They’re just like cats.”


CAST & CREW LIST
Director Tess Malis Kincaid
Mary Alex Bond
Melissa Lane Carlock
Margaret Shannon Eubanks
Father Murphy Mark Kincaid
Click to Submit Cast & Crew Info for this production
REVIEWS

[REVIEW THIS PRODUCTION]

Disputin’
by playgoer
Sunday, September 7, 2014
4.0
"The Savannah Disputation" by Evan Smith shows us what happens when sisters Mary (the cantankerous one) and Margaret (the self-professed "stupid" one) invite their local priest and an evangelical missionary-in-training to their house, in the hopes that the priest can point out flaws in the missionary’s conception of salvation through Jesus. As might be expected, there’s a lot of crackling interplay, but there’s also a lot of points of Biblical scholarship. Under the energetic direction of Tess Malis Kincaid, the production comes to entertaining life.

Lizz Dorsey’s set shows us the small living room and dining room of the house shared by Mary (Alex Bond) and Margaret (Shannon Eubanks). MC Park has furnished it with knickknacks galore that give the feeling of a lifetime of occupancy by the same residents. The setting is Savannah, Georgia, but the only true indication of that is the branch of a tree suspended stage right with Spanish moss draped on it in somewhat too symmetrical and unrealistic a pattern. Jeffrey Millsaps’ sound design fills the suggested exterior of the house with the subtle sounds of nighttime insects, rendered so beautifully as to seem entirely natural.

The play is being performed as a long one act play, which I think does it a disservice. There’s a natural act break about 35 minutes in. The rest of the play lasts over an hour. While it may be traditional to have a first act longer than the second, I see nothing wrong with reversing that. I’d prefer that to getting the feeling that I’d been sitting too long as the end of the play approaches. The final moment reminds us of a phone call indicating that a doctor’s test results are in and need to be discussed, but it doesn’t have the open-ended resonance it might have if the audience had been given a little breathing room during the performance.

The acting is all very professional. Mark Kincaid and Lane Carlock are believable as the priest and the evangelist missionary-in-training, and Alex Bond and Shannon Eubanks keep the action flowing as the sisters. I got the feeling, though, that the characterizations were less imaginative than they might have been. The surface descriptions of the characters have been brought to life, but hidden depths are rarely hinted at. In particular, I think the character of Margaret might better have been played as a meek and self-deprecating person than as a person of marginal intelligence. The sincerity of Shannon Eubanks’ performance and her physical comedy work, but the feeling is more that Margaret is considering the evangelist’s arguments because of her dim-wittedness than that she is subsumed by an interest in the afterlife due to a pessimistic anticipation of the test results. The play is entertaining from start to finish, but doesn’t resonate in the way the playwright probably intended. Still, it’s an interesting and often thought-provoking comedy with a ton of laughs along the way. [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]


[REVIEW THIS PRODUCTION]

OPENING SOON
ParaNoirmal Encounters - A Conjuration Performance
by Paige Steadman, David Benedict
Atlanta Radio Theatre Company
CLOSING SOON
Almost, Maine
by John Cariani
KKP Atlanta Productions
Dry Land
by Ruby Rae Spiegel
Atlanta Theatre Club
Fruitcakes
by Julian Wiles
The Front Porch Players
Not About Heroes
by Stephen MacDonald
Aris
ParaNoirmal Encounters - A Conjuration Performance
by Paige Steadman, David Benedict
Atlanta Radio Theatre Company
Reykjavik
by Steve Yockey
Actor's Express
The Importance of Being Earnest
by Oscar Wilde
Players Guild @ Sugar Hill
NOW PLAYING
A Man for All Seasons
by Robert Bolt
The New American Shakespeare Tavern
Almost, Maine
by John Cariani
KKP Atlanta Productions
Daddy Long Legs
by John Caird (book) and Paul Gordon (songs)
The Legacy Theatre
Dry Land
by Ruby Rae Spiegel
Atlanta Theatre Club
Fruitcakes
by Julian Wiles
The Front Porch Players
It is Beginning to Look A Lot Like Murder
by Ryan Girard
Agathas: A Taste of Mystery
Junie B. Jones Is Not a Crook
by Allison Gregory
Georgia Ensemble Theatre
Midnight at the Masquerade
by The Murder Mystery Company
The Murder Mystery Company in Atlanta
Not About Heroes
by Stephen MacDonald
Aris
ParaNoirmal Encounters - A Conjuration Performance
by Paige Steadman, David Benedict
Atlanta Radio Theatre Company
Reykjavik
by Steve Yockey
Actor's Express
Sanders Family Christmas
by Connie Ray and Alan Bailey
Main Street Theatre Tucker
The Importance of Being Earnest
by Oscar Wilde
Players Guild @ Sugar Hill

©2012 TheaterReview.com. All rights reserved.