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Playboy of the Western World
a Comedy/Thriller
CATEGORY : COMEDY
by J.M. Synge

COMPANY : Aris [WEBSITE]
VENUE : Georgia Public Broadcasting (Studio B) [WEBSITE]
ID# 4783

SHOWING : September 24, 2015 - October 11, 2015

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PRODUCTION DESCRIPTION

Christy Mahon thinks he killed his Da, and every girl in the county cannot stop thinking about him. This classic comedy caused riots when it debuted, quite possibly launching the title of a Magazine. Come hear what the fuss is about!


CAST & CREW LIST
Producer Joanna Daniel
Assistant Producer Judy Thomas
Director John Ammerman
Dialect Coach Kathleen McManus
Sound Designer Robert Drake
Technical Director Harley Gould
Asst. Stage Mgr. / Props Erin Hodges
Costume Designer Mandi Lee
Master Carpenter Jim Walsh
Sara Tansley Hannah Church
Philly Cullen Kyle Crew
Shawn Keogh Trevor Goble
Widow Quinn Erin Greenway
Jimmy Farrell Dan Reichard
Christy Chris Rushing
Michael Flaherty Winslow Thomas
Old Mahon Clint Thornton
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REVIEWS

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Boy, Oh Boy!
by playgoer
Tuesday, October 6, 2015
4.0
J.M. Synge’s "The Playboy of the Western World" is a classic Irish comedy, falling well within the bounds of Celtic theatre that is the lifeblood of Arís. Although it caused riots at its 1907 premiere, today it comes across as a bit of a black comedy with a smooth-tongued rascal of an anti-hero. In Arís’ production, the comedy comes through clearly.

Chris Rushing, in the title role as Christy, does a wonderful job of convincing us that he is a boastful coward who eventually comes into his own. Sophie Edwards, as love interest Pegeen Mike, matches him at every turn. Both have fine Irish accents. Nearly everyone does, but I wasn’t convinced of the Irish accents of the Widow Quin (Erin Greenway) and Philly Cullen (Kyle Crew).

Much of the humor of "The Playboy of the Western World" comes from a townful of people heralding a parricide as the small-town version of a media sensation. Strong performances come from Winslow Thomas, as the owner of the pub in which the action takes place; Trevor Winfield Goble, as a milquetoast of a suitor for the strong-willed Pegeen Mike; and Julia Weeks, as a smitten local girl. C.W. Thornton, although appearing to be too young for his fatherly role, does a fine job too. All the roles are filled well.

Harley Gould’s set and lighting designs work well together, making the space a convincing Irish cottage-like pub. The background seen through the door and window, while containing some rocky features, prominently displays the curtains partitioning the playing space. A cyc would have been a lovely addition. Mandi Lee’s costume design and Robert Drake’s sound design both enhance the experience of the play.

While the Irish dialect occasionally makes use of unfamiliar words, the action is easy to follow under John Ammerman’s direction. This is hardly a definitive production of this classic Irish play, but it lets the script shine. Well done! [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]


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