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An Evening with Mark Twain
a One Man Show
CATEGORY : COMEDY
by Mark Twain, Kurt H. Sutton

COMPANY : New Dawn Theater [WEBSITE]
VENUE : New Dawn Theater [WEBSITE]
ID# 4838

SHOWING : January 16, 2016 - January 16, 2016

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PRODUCTION DESCRIPTION

"Man is the only animal that is cruel. He is the only one who kills his own kind for fun".
Mark Twain

Twain’s genius was the ability to put into words what we all feel but could not put into simple words that were quotable. In this new show "Mark Twain and Mr. Clemens, Tonight!" we regale the audience with his philosophy, his wit and wisdom and his hilarious humor. For audience participation we add Mr. Clemens music he would play to entertain his guests at the weekly get togethers at his home in Hartford.

This is an hour and half of pure Twain and Clemens with audience participation added to make the evening an unusual and fun event for everyone.


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REVIEWS

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A Rambling, Shambling Treat
by playgoer
Sunday, January 17, 2016
3.0
Kurt H. Sutton’s "An Evening with Mark Twain" provides the audience with a glimpse of the behind-the-scenes Mark Twain. It’s structured as an impromptu talk to an intimate audience, with diversions into the sort of the music with which he entertained guests at his home. (The music was too home-spun to be included in his public appearances at lofty venues.) There is just enough audience interaction to keep things interesting, and just enough of Twain’s shambling delivery to give a taste of the real man.

There are no readings from Twain’s literary works, and in fact, no mention of them until the question-and-answer session at the end of the performance. Instead, we are presented with the character Samuel Clemens created for public appearances. The centerpiece of the action is a recreation of Jim Blaine’s story of his grandfather’s old ram (from "Roughing It") – a story so filled with tangents that the point of the story is never reached. Mr. Sutton invests the story with enough of Blaine’s personality to distinguish this segment from the personal reminiscences of Twain/Clemens. It works nicely up to the end, when snoring goes on a tad too long to make the punch line work as well as it could.

Mr. Sutton is approximately as old as Samuel Clemens was at the end of his life, and his embodiment of age comes across as pretty natural. He’s a fine guitar and banjo picker, and the perkiness of his musical interludes picks up the pace that otherwise is languorous (but not as glacially paced as Twain’s actual personal appearances actually were, from all reports). A nice rapport builds with the audience, peaking in the question-and-answer session that reveals the true Kurt Sutton and provides all the factual information about Mark Twain that one might wish. [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]


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