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As It Is In Heaven

a Georgia Premiere
CATEGORY :
by Arlene Hutton

COMPANY : Aurora Theatre [WEBSITE]
VENUE : Aurora Theatre [WEBSITE]
ID# 699

SHOWING : April 16, 2003 - June 15, 2003

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PRODUCTION DESCRIPTION

Are there angels among us? Who has the power to see visions? Nine Shaker women committed to worship, work and redemption, are forced to examine their beliefs when Fanny claims she has seen angels in the woods. Directed by Freddie Ashley and featuring Marianne Fraulo, Agnes Harty, Joniece Abbott-Pratt, Barbara Cole, Jennifer Courtade, Joanna Daniel, Betty Hart, Caroline Masclet, & Kathleen Wattis


CAST & CREW LIST
Cast Freddie Ashley
Izzy Joniece Abbott-Pratt
Fanny Barbara Cole Uterhardt
Polly Jennifer Duran
Hannah Marianne Fraulo
Betsy Betty Hart
Jane Caroline Masclet
Rachel Kathleen Wattis
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REVIEWS

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9 Women Wearing Similar Dresses
by aariel
Monday, June 9, 2003
5.0
Joniece Abbott-Pratt, Barbara Cole, Joanna Daniel, Jennifer Duran, Marianne Fraulo, Betty Hart, Agnes Lucinda Harty, Caroline Masclet, Kathleen Wattis

If youíve seen any decent theatre locally in the last few years, youíve probably seen one or more of these ladies perform. What an amazing experience it was for me to see them all on one stage. As it is in Heaven chronicles some extraordinary events that rock the everyday lives of a community of 9 Shaker women. Itís suspenseful, hilarious, mystical, exciting, heart wrenching and poignant. In other words, it covers all of the bases. Fortunately, the actors handling the material do so with an incredible amount of skill and talent. I wish that I could pull one performance out to gush about, but the strength of the show and the ensemble is that each actor played their character with complexity and complete conviction. Itís so rare to come across such a well executed and strong production, I urge anyone who can to catch this show before it closes, to do it. Iím a local actor and find that I am extremely critical of most productions I see. I couldnít find a flaw in these performances, even if I tried to channel the cattiest and most bitter actor that ever lived. The Shaker songs are sung with such emotion and heart, and strength that, at times, the beauty of it was overwhelming. The set was sparse, yet elegant. The staging was ingenious and worked fluidly with the lighting design. I loved the use of color in the props and costumes. Itís seriously a great production. Go see it. Now. [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]
Double Ditto by Mama Alma
I was going to write a review of this production, but I'm not sure I can improve on aariel's. The performances are spot on. The singing is absolutely stupendous. The window into a different kind of life is so uniquely drawn. And the costumes are truly mirrors of these women's souls. Two scenes in particular, both highlighting Marianne Fraulo's razor fine emotional edge, I found particular moving. One featured Caroline Masclet, a new actress to me, who absolutely blew me away. The other featured Barbara Cole, a personal favorite of mine, who had the good grace to recognize the scene was about Marianne's character, not hers. But truly, all the actors are wonderful. I think Arlene Hutton has written a modern classic, and Freddie Ashley has another "hit" in his director's column. And it's all happening at the little theater that can in Duluth. Visit the Aurora now. Closing weekend.


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