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Jerry Finnegan's Sister
a Comedy
CATEGORY : COMEDY
by Jack Neary

COMPANY : Kudzu Playhouse [WEBSITE]
VENUE : Kudzu Playhouse [WEBSITE]
ID# 806

SHOWING : November 14, 2003 - November 22, 2003

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PRODUCTION DESCRIPTION

Brian Dowd has spent the last 10 years of his life wrestling with an unrequited "something" for his best friend's sister, who happens to live next door. But each and every time he's spoken with Beth Finnegan for more than 30 seconds, he's ended up with his foot planted firmly in his mouth. Now, Brian's time is about to run out. With recent news that Jerry Finnegan's sister is getting married, the time has come for him to put up or shut up. Like John Wayne in The High and the Mighty, Brian has reached the point of no return. What's he got to lose--except the love of his life! In a series of fast-moving, hysterically funny scenes, two actors play Brian and Beth from ages seven and six, through their adolescent and teen years, right up to the moment the play is happening, when they're both in their early 20s. This highly acclaimed comedy has charmed audiences of all ages, and has been produced with great success in a number of theatres nationwide. It has been hailed by critics as "A delight...a gem! Has enough chuckles, guffaws and belly laughs to please any patron." Easy to produce, and an exceptionally exciting challenge for actors and directors, Jerry Finnegan's Sister is the rare comedy that is at once entertaining, very funny, and, ultimately, touching.





CAST & CREW LIST
backstage hand Melissa Michele Goodfellow
Brian Dowd Jason Meinhardt
Beth Finnegan Brandy Rizk
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Very enjoyable romantic comedy!
by Theaterparent
Monday, November 17, 2003
5.0
After seeing Blood Brothers recently, I had to come see Jerry Finnegan's Sister. One of my favorite Atlanta actors, Jason Meinhardt, was performing this amazing two person show (which I understand he has done before a few years earlier) for a limited engagement at Kudzu Playhouse. I knew very little about this production, especially didn't know that it was only two actors for the entire show. I was amazed at the writing, the staging (wonderfully done by Kudzu owner, Jeannie Hinds), and most of all, the acting. I had seen Jason in many shows here at Kudzu and had also seen him at other theaters around Atlanta and have thoroughly enjoyed him in everything, especially, in MY opinion, his best in Blood Brothers. It was so much fun seeing that show, where he was evil and practically satanic in his portrayal of the Narrator and then seeing this show where he was just an average guy who I certainly identified with with his shyness around women. But I have to say that even though I have seen his fiancee (I know this because it is in the program and they have a very nice picture of the two of them in the lobby), Brandi Rizk in a few shows this season, but this has to be her break-out role. She was so cute and the definition of "girl next door". The two of them had incredible chemistry (one would hope so!)and played very well off each other. One may wonder if this was just a dramatization of Brandi and Jason's actual relationship! I cannot suggest coming to see this show more. It only is playing for one more weekend, so don't wait to come see it! I am very impressed, as I am sure most theater goers would be, that two extremely talented actors could carry an entire show and these two proved it is definitely possible! Jason's interaction with the audience is so much fun, he makes you feel that every audience member is seeing a different show than the audience from previous nights. As if you are getting a personal performance. So again, please come see this show, you will laugh hard and your heart will be touched by the relationship of these two actors/characters. Admission is cheaper ($10) because it is not on Kudzu's mainstage season, so there is no excuse not to come. So do yourself a favor and bring someone you love and come see this show and see that you are not alone when your words just don't seem to come when you are looking at the girl of your dreams! [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]


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