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A Walk in the Woods
a Drama
CATEGORY : DRAMA
by Lee Blessing

COMPANY : Northside Church [WEBSITE]
VENUE : Northside United Methodist Church
ID# 4880

SHOWING : April 14, 2016 - April 16, 2016

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PRODUCTION DESCRIPTION

On the outskirts of Geneva, Switzerland, a veteran Soviet arms negotiator meets with his neophyte American counterpart. Their subsequent conversations, as they walk in the woods, illustrate the possibilities for positive change when people relate to each other simply as human beings, relinquishing the burdens of past bitterness.

Perhaps Lee Blessing’s most well known play, "A Walk in the Woods" was a 1988 Tony Award nominee for Best Play, and a finalist for the 1987 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.


CAST & CREW LIST
Director David Buice
John Honeyman Steve Banks
Andrey Botvinnik Lee Buechele
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A Talk in the Woods
by playgoer
Saturday, April 16, 2016
4.0
Lee Blessing’s "A Walk in the Woods" involves two arms treaty negotiators, one American (Stephen Banks) and one Russian (Lee Buechele), who take occasional walks in the woods outside Geneva as a break from the negotiating table. The American is new to his job; the Russian is an old hand. Across four seasons (starting in the summer and ending in the spring), the two men talk and bicker and skirt around negotiations, mixing the personal and the professional.

The production at Northside United Methodist Church uses a park bench (wrangled by Tom Dykes) as the only scenery, with audience on three sides. A scattering of autumn leaves are the only props that aren’t carried by the actors. Costumes (supervised by Helen Brown) provide the primary visual interest, although Allen Morrison’s lighting design dapples the stage floor with a nice approximation of a sunny clearing in the woods. Director David Buice’s blocking relies largely on static seated positions, but varies movement enough to ensure that all audience members get a good view of the action, limited though it may be.

In a two-character play, the performances of the two actors are of paramount importance. Messrs. Buechele and Banks craft totally believable characters and maintain audience interest throughout. The friendship that develops slowly between the two men creates a human bond that their jobs as implacable negotiators would seem to discourage. No treaty may result from their negotiations, but their personal détente becomes a triumph of its own. The powerfully understated performances of these two actors make the triumph, and the moments leading up to it, a palpable victory in the theatrical sense. [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]


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