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COMPANY : Centerstage North Theatre [WEBSITE]
VENUE : The Art Place - Mountain View
ID# 723

SHOWING : August 08, 2003 - August 16, 2003



The close friendship of three men is tested to the brink when a perplexing work of beauty enters their lives and wrecks havoc. No, not a woman, but a $200,000.00 white-on-white canvas painting. This sophisticated and thought-provoking comedy has been an world-wide smash hit.

Cast Sarah Mitchell
Ivan Jeffrey Bigger
Serge Johnathon Cerio
Serge Johnathan Cerio
Marc Jody Pollage
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Bringing it down a couple of notches...
by Walking On By
Monday, August 18, 2003
I have seen the show ART approximately 4 times as of this writing. Including one Broadway production and the celebrated production at the Alliance. I have to admit that in seeing this production in the past and the one thing that always seemed to bother me was the aristocratic tendencies of the cast. ART was obviously written with a "higher class" society in mind. The use of playful puns and over descriptive language makes this an actors play, not for one whose vocabulary does not include words like "complicity" or "Carcassone."

Thank you to Center Stage North for taking a hard to understand script and making it understandable.

I have seen a few shows at Center Stage before, and must compliment on the set up of the theater. The set was simple, but allowed the audience to feel as though they we were not just watching, but rather sitting with these three men involved in the conversation.

Pollage, Cerio and Bigger do a wonderful job with this challenging script and dialogue. Each ones strengths added to the overall interpretation of the play. They took an affluent play and brought it down to a normal everyday, and more importantly, understandable level. As opposed to the manicured stylized effect of productions on Broadway and at the Alliance, this brought out the action of the play and made it real. It was a pleasure to watch these three men bounce off of each other.

Pollage's tantrums added a perfect life to the cranky Marc. Cerio is a master at bringing an audience right into his plight with his monologue and comedic talent. And Bigger, although somewhat flamboyant, played the comical relief of Ivan to the max. His facial expressions and body movements added just the perfect touch.

I didn't want to just watch these three interact, I wanted to hang out with them.

So Bravo! to Center Stage North, for remembering that the more we as an audience can relate to a performance, the more enjoyable it will be.

an actor's dream
by Okely Dokely
Saturday, August 16, 2003
This was my first time being exposed to "Art," though I have been aware of its accolades from London, its Best Play Tony victory in 1998, and the recent stagings at the Alliance and Off-Off Peachtree Theatre. Plus, one of my very favorite Atlanta actors (James Donadio) played Serge in a production of this at Florida's Hippodrome State Theatre. This is one of those shows that actors would foam at the mouth to act in - it is filled with fun, juicy dialogue that thespians love to sink their teeth into. ["Hurlyburly" by David Rabe is another example of an "actor's dream" play.]

Weighing in at an hour and 20 minutes with no intermission, "Art" is short, sweet, and never outstays its welcome. The plot involves Serge (Jonathan Serio)and his purchase of an incomprehensible white-on-white painting for $200,000, which greatly angers his two best friends Yvan (Jeffery Bigger) and Marc (Jody Pollage), and puts all their friendships to the test. All three performances were wonderful in their own ways, and these guys played off each other well. I have not seen a Centerstage North show since I acted there this time ten years ago, but I knew how frequently cast Pollage and Bigger were, and was skeptical and wondered if they really deserved all those roles, or if some major favoritism and theatre "incest" was being demonstrated. I would like to see more of these two guys, but for now, I can say that the former is the case.

On to my only gripe: a small detail concerning Jeffery Bigger's performance. I have never met him or even seen him offstage at all, so I don't know anything about him as a person, but he acted a little too flamboyant (in both voice and mannerisms) for me to totally buy into his character being engaged to a female. It pains me to say that, because he is such an amazing talent and presence on stage, but that element just needed to be toned down a bit. Aside from that, this was a superbly done production which made me wish I could have seen it on Broadway, or at the Alliance, or with my main man Donadio. I'm sure it was marvelous.

This is now on my list of shows I want to do someday. [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]


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