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Trevor
a British Farce
CATEGORY : COMEDY
by John Bowen

COMPANY : Theatre Outlanta [WEBSITE]
VENUE : 7 Stages [WEBSITE]
ID# 498

SHOWING : July 05, 2002 - July 21, 2002

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PRODUCTION DESCRIPTION

A witty comedy about two London lesbians in the 1960's.


CAST & CREW LIST
Director Sonny Goff
Stage Manager Marcelo Banderas
Hudson Billy Barott
Mr. Lawrence Andy Boyles
Jane Kempton Kara Cantrell
Mr. Kempton Dean Fowler
Sara Lawrence Rachel Garner
Mrs. Lawrence Andrea Hutcheson
Mrs. Kempton Leslie Truman
Trevor Joseph Woodruff
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REVIEWS

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This Ain't High Art
by HeddaGabler
Monday, July 15, 2002
4.0
Seeing Trevor, the British farce that is the inaugural production of Theatre Outlanta, has me thinking about how we judge plays. Reviewing and recommending a show should be more like doing the same for a restaurant. Notice how the food section has different recommendations based on the type of experience you are looking for and the ammount you are willing to pay? (the place to take kids, the quick lunch joint, the romantic patio, the 5 star occasion etc.)Differnet eating establishments are held to different standards. Yes, there are some expectations accross the board, but what you want and are willing to accept form the din sum house and Bacchanalia are very different things. So should it be in theater. Let us consider and compare the level of experience and professionalism of the cast, crew, disigners and producing organization. Also, take into account the intent of the production, the budget they had to work with, quality of the script and the overall level of staisfaction you had upon leaving the show. Hey, and don't forget the (ticket) price!

So, to Trevor. The plot concerns two twenty something lesbians living in London in the 1960's. The women are "straightening up" for a parental visit when things get very complicated. Here we have a new theater company performing a British farce with a mostly inexperienced cast (one notable exception), on a modest budget, with (according to the program) no dialect coach, and no dramaturge. The overall result: an enjoyable evening. Perfect for a summer night; light and frothy, many laughs, a happy ending, a positive point, and a very short running time! This ain't high art, but it is not supposed to be.

The performances are appropriate and enjoyable, especially given that many in the cast are inexperienced (from the bio's, this may be the first play for some!). Rachel Garner (last seen by this reviewer in Theater Emory's Trestle at Pope Lick Creek) leads the group with a very skilled and likable performance. There is a scene between Garner and her mother (Andrea Hutcheson)concerning a sex manual that is side splitting. Yes, there are some problems and flaws; with certain accents, costumes, timeing, and some "chewing up the scenery" but all things considered...It was more fun than watching TV.

Everyone (gay, straight, female and male) will be able to relate to this "the things I do to please others" story. The show will make you laugh, you will support a new company, perhaps hear a different voice and you will be out by 9! [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]


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