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Adams Eve
a Romantic Comedy
by Matthew Carlin

ID# 4865

SHOWING : March 04, 2016 - March 20, 2016



A sports writer learns how to embrace life instead of just watching from the sideline in the play “Adam’s Eve” being performed at ACT1 Theater in Alpharetta starting Friday.

“Adam’s Eve” tells the story of Adam Moss, who reaches into his closet and finds a young woman named Eve who claims to be his soul mate sent by God. The play is a comedic spin on the biblical account of human creation starting with Adam and Eve.

Director Charles Hannum
Set Design Bob Cookson
Production/Graphic Design Amy Finkle
Stage Manager Paul Komorner
Choreographer Maddie Larson
Sound/Light Design Murray Mann
Costume Design Anne Voller
Props Mistress Emily Voller
Adam Moss Loren Collins
Dr. Thomas Griffin John Kelly Damico
Dr. Wagner Jim Gray
Katie Matthews Ariel Kasten
Eve Kate Mullaney
Mark Matthews Benjamin Roper
Grace Moss Ellen Smith
Marla Madsen Becky Sorrells
Aunt Laurie Sandy Woodman
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And God Said "Let’s Start Over"
by playgoer
Sunday, March 20, 2016
"Adam’s Eve" is a pretty charmless script. The show’s success depends on the charm of a newborn, full-grown Eve being thrown into the middle of bachelor Adam’s life, but it doesn’t give the cast a lot to work with. Eve (Kate Mullaney) is sweet and naïve; Adam (Loren Collins) is skeptical. Those points get repeated endlessly. Throw in a caricature of a hen-pecked friend, his dominating wife, a couple of humorless psychologists, and a couple of well-meaning relatives, and you get a situation of less-than-three-dimensional characters playing a fairly dull game of tug-of-war.

Director Charles Hannum has attempted to goose up the material with musical interludes, choreographed at the start and finish by Maddie Larsen. He has also directed some snappy ensemble reactions, and seems to have encouraged all his actors to play with great energy. It all goes down easy, but isn’t very substantial. Nothing could disguise the script’s deficiencies.

The physical production is a bit disappointing. Bob Cookson’s set design, with its raked stage and simple furniture, is attractive in a fairly generic way. The rounded effect of the side panels of the sky-blue backing flat gives the set a bit of flair, and the large painting up center, presumably by Amy Finkel, does too. It seems to be hung at an angle, however, for no apparent reason. The most attractive element of the set is a window seat down center.

Murray Mann’s lighting design does not always work well with the blocking of the show. There are noticeable shadows at the edges of the stage, at least for people of certain heights, with anyone sitting in the stage left chair gliding into half-shadow, then emerging into full light when they stand. Lights focused on the center stage coffee table are perhaps too narrowly focused when cast members step up onto it (somewhat bafflingly) to get the equivalent of psychic readings from Eve. The lovely Maddie Larsen, who delivers the curtain speech, dances beautifully, but mostly in dim, uneven lighting.

Costumes, usually a highlight of ACT1 shows, also disappoint. Anne Voller’s initial, sports jersey-inspired costumes work just fine. When people dress up for the second act, though, some unusual choices are made. Mark (Benjamin Roper) has a shirt collar with points that flip up. Katie (Ariel Kristen Kasten) and Eve (Kate Mullaney) are given somewhat gaudy and unflattering outfits. Only Marla (Rebecca Sorrells) has a get-up that really looks like something a well-dressed person would wear.

The actors all throw themselves into their roles. Their styles don’t always mesh, with Benjamin Roper’s rapid-fire banter working at cross-purposes with Loren Collins’ measured, more leisurely approach. Mr. Roper’s reactions mesh more smoothly with Ariel Kasten’s as his powerful, empathetic wife, with a lot of humorous interplay. Ellen Smith is a delight as Adam’s mother, and Sandy Woodman puts a lot of spunk into Aunt Laurie. Rebecca Sorrells creates perhaps the most believable character as Adam’s psychologist girlfriend, contrasting with John Damico as a caricature of a self-important psychologist guru.

Speaking of caricatures, Jim Gray plays his tiny role of Dr. Wagner with an Elmer Fudd speech impediment and a fuddy-duddy set of mannerisms. It’s as funny as the show gets, although the plot point he is brought in to provide is something that could be guessed from the first moments of the show.

The heart of the show has to be provided by the actors playing Adam and Eve. While both Mr. Collins and Ms. Mullaney are personable and attractive and competent in their roles, they don’t elevate the material. We know from the conventions of romantic comedy that the two will end up together, but there doesn’t seem to be an instant connection that Adam denies to himself until the very end. The schematics of the plot require them to come together, but it’s only in the final dance sequence and tableau that we get an inkling that Adam has any feelings for Eve. Up till then, it’s more a case of him challenging her to prove that God sent her, with a sense of grudging acquiescence if she can.

The director and cast have expended a lot of energy in turning a turgid script into an enjoyable evening of theatre. They succeed in large part because of their exuberance. The script on its own needs all the help it can get, and Mr. Hannum and crew have valiantly thrown themselves into the effort. [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]
A Modern Fairytale
by notoriousdad
Saturday, March 12, 2016
I laughed. We all laughed. We took a chance on an unknown show and thoroughly enjoyed the evening. The production moved quickly and overcame some weaknesses in the storyline to keep the message light and the production quite enjoyable. Grab a date, go to dinner, and make your way to the final weekend of Adams Eve.

My compliments to Loren Collins for his portrayal of the understandably confused Adam and to Kate Mullaney for her delightfully innocent Eve. We can hope that they change the world! The cast and crew can be proud of their hard work on this show. [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]
Adams Eve
by Bluebird
Monday, March 7, 2016
This show is a very entertaining modern day Adam and Eve story that will keep you engaged and laughing the entire show. I love how they add current day news and sports related items in the show. The theater is part of an outreach program and brings all types of new and interesting theater people. A must see! [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]
Adams Eve
by Bluebird
Monday, March 7, 2016
This show is a very entertaining modern day Adam and Eve story that will keep you engaged and laughing the entire show. I love how they add current day news and sports related items in the show. The theater is part of an outreach program and brings all types of new and interesting theater people. A must see! [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]


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