THEATER AND SUCH
to realize we are more than halfway thru the season at LLT, but after
Streetcar next month, we wrap it up laughing with the Sunshine
Boys. In Streetcar, the leading female roles are played by
Liz White and Barbara Hawkins, both with strong acting instincts. The
cast is finely honed by top director, Anya Flesh.
Barbara Clippinger Keener is fitting better
and better into her directors shoes. She has an easy way about her,
but she does get the job done the way she wants it as was evidenced
by her direction of Gingerbread Lady. It was a fine cast that
moved at a good clip as Simon intended. The chemistry between cast members
What a feast February was for people who
love to be entertained. Hope no one missed Greater Tuna. It was
put on by those two versatile talents, Lonny Riddle and Cindy Paul under
the mast of their new company, Circle Theater Productions. It is incredible
the number of personalities they portrayed by voice inflection and by
a change of costume. The southern drawl was flawless and not once did
they miss a line, or if they did, they covered any slip.
Also in town was a rerun of The Vagina
Monologues, which again was well received. One woman who shall be
nameless was ecstatic about the performance she saw. She raved about
it and finished by telling her listeners not to miss the next session
of the "Viagra Chronicles." Her statement was met by bewildered
silence and then laughter erupted.
As usual, Ruben Nuñez outdid himself
with the mime show. Lipsynka, which he wrote and directed, played
to packed houses. The cast had rehearsed a lot and it showed. Ruben
has an uncanny instinct for selecting people who do comedy well. The
audience was rolling in the aisles when Babcock and Kleffel did their
version of "Don't Pet the Dog," and "Help me Make it
Through the Yard." Then along came Jeritza's husband, Robert, doing
"It Must be Him," and Louise Herren was hysterical in her
interpretation of "Cocktails for Two." The piece de resistance
was no lip syncing at all, but the presentation of Jorge Valencia as
"Flydini," doing some pretty unusual magic tricks. "The
Blue Danube" played in the background and the audience was in stitches
in the foreground.
The LLT play reading committee had its
first meeting the last Sunday in January. Ideally it will end up with
a couple of comedies, a musical, a serious play and a mystery. I wanted
to read a play called Wind Between the Houses, but nobody had
ever heard of it, so I got voted down. You can imagine the remarks I
endured with that title. And yes, it really is a play. And no, it did
not even come close to winning the Pulitzer.
Don Chaloner will soon be offering a course
on lighting. This is your town and your theater, so get involved.
Cindy Paul and Lonnie Riddle's Circle
Theater production of You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown was a smash hit.
Coming up will be their Go Gershwin! production with fabulous Sandy
Vandermeer, and accompanied by Douglas Livingston, at the Old Posada
March 19, 20 and 21.