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THE SOUND INSIDE – Riveting!

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THE SOUND INSIDE
by Adam Rapp
Directed by Jasson Minadakis
Based on Novel by Fyodor Dostoevsky (1821-1881)

Unless this outstanding production run is extended, the last performance will be Sunday, June 19, 2022. Directed by Jasson Minadakis, it can easily be among the shows not to be missed this season.

Cast of Two:  Denmo Ibrahim (as Bella) and Tyler McClean (as Christopher)

 

The initial narration brings the audience into the world of these characters from the introduction and is otherwise very helpful to our understanding of their experiences.

Bella has been teaching English at Yale for 10 years. She has Cancer, which is in remission; however, she is nevertheless teaching a creative writing class. Christopher Dunn is one of her students, and they have an unusual and close (non-sexual) relationship.

In one of their deep conversations, Christopher gives a grossly gruesome depiction of a murder he claims to have committed.

Directed by Jasson Minadakis with Scenic Design by Edward Haynes; Costuming by Fumiko Bielefeldt with Assistant Daria Perkova (also on the Wardrobe Crew); Lighting Design by Mike Post; (Implied) Music by Chris Houston; Rehearsal Stage Manager, Brigid Ridge; and Kevin Johnson, Production Stage Manager.

The Sound Inside currently runs through June 19, 2022, at Marin Theater Company, located at 397 Miller Avenue, Mill Valley 94941. Telephone for tickets: 415/388-0768

Commentary by Elle Alexa Simon
with Flora Lynn Isaacson, SFBATC

The Government Inspector by Nikolai Gogol, Adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher

By Flora Lynn Isaacson, Go See

Ross Valley Players Presents
The Government Inspector
By Nikolai Gogol
Adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher
Produced by Kim Foulger
Directed by Lisa Morse

Never a dull moment – this production is not to be missed!

The acting, the understated costumes, the farcical business, the slapstick bits, staging, the clever period set design, lighting, the understated, well-designed costuming and the music – all work together to bring the audience into a time past (1836 Russia) with timeless hilarity.

This production, as directed by Lisa Morse brings out the best in her actors – Philip Coleman (the Judge); Robert Molossi (the School Principal/Pentelaeyev); Christopher Harney (the Hospital Director/ Chernaeyev); Steve Price (the Mayor); Greg Nelson (the Doctor); Natalie Mendes (the Postmaster); Raysheina de Leon-Ruhs (Bobchinsky); Benjamin Vasquez (Dobchinsky); Pamela Ciochetti (Anna); Hunter Candrian-Velez (Marya); Michael B. Harris (Hlestekov); Wood Lockhart (Osip); Alexandra Weitman (the Innkeeper’s wife/Grusha/the Corporal’s widow); and Daphne Cowlin (the Imperial Messenger/Flagel the Mute Boy).

Along with Director Lisa Morse, the marvelous Production Team includes Kim Foulger (Producer); Steve Price (Executive Producer); Dianne Harrison (Stage Manager/Light & Sound Board Operator); Daphne Cowlin (Assistant Stage Manager); Benjamin Vasquez (Lighting Assistant); Ron Krempetz (Set Designer); Michael Walraven (Set Construction); Ellen Brooks (Lighting Designer); Michael A. Berg (Costume Designer); Billie Cox (Sound Designer); Dhyanis Carniglia (Scenic Artist); Maureen Scheuenstuhl (Properties Designer); David Yen (Stage Combat/Intimacy Coach); Alexandra Weitman (Stage Combat Captain); Raysheina de Leon-Ruhs (Stage Combat Lieutenant); Dianne Harrison (Stage Intimacy Captain); Robin Jackson (Photography); Mark Shepard (Graphic Designer); Karen Topakian (Publicity); Eleanor Prugh (Volunteer Coordinator); Suzie Hughes (Program Consultant); and Andrew Wilson (Webmaster).

Review by Elle Alexa Simon
on behalf of Flora Lynn Isaacson, San Francisco Bay Area Theater Critics Circle

Go see this marvelous production on or before it closes June 5, 2022.  Ross Valley Players Barn, 31 Sir Francis Drake Boulevard, Ross CA.
Get tickets at RossValleyPlayers.com  Telephone number: 415/456-9555

Hotter Than Egypt at MTC

By Flora Lynn Isaacson, Go See

Marin Theater Company

Presentation of 
Hotter Than Egypt
World Premiere Co-Production
By Yousef El Guindi

 

Pandemic or not, the show must go on. This play continues through April 24, 2022.  MTC audiences are being treated to a very moving production, beautiful set design, and excellent performances.  Over all, as Directed by John Langs with Dramaturgy by Nakisa Etamad, this is theater at its best!

The cast includes: Jen Taylor (as wife Jean); Paul Morgan Stetler (as husband Paul); Wasim No‘mani (Seif); Naseem Etamad (Maha); and Ahmed Kamal (Boatman; Museum Guard; and Doorman)

The broken English dialogue was pleasantly spoken and easily understood. This production was absolutely engrossing. That said, inasmuch as nothing being said in Egyptian can be understood by the English-speaking audience, there should be a teleprompter/screen visible to the side or above the stage translating to English what is being said in Egyptian. Also, the particular music written for this play by Composer Nihan Yesil is a distraction (even to the ears of a music major).

The set and lighting were so well designed we could imagine the Egyptian hotel-setting on the Nile River.  Setting the tone for the character action, we see that the maitre d’hotel and female maid at this particular hotel, obviously, have a thing between them.

Another couple who is on their 24th anniversary vacation at the hotel is having marital issues/problems. After a not-so-loving discussion about “personal freedoms,” they give each other a good-night-kiss. The wife then simply shuts down…and the husband is simply not attracted to her. Instead of sleeping (or anything else), they then discuss divorce, during which he confesses to seeing a younger woman and tells his wife he’s leaving her for the younger woman. The wife is shocked.

The next day (as depicted by a wonderful staging of the head of the Great Sphinx of Giza), the tour guide and tourist wife are sitting with the Egyptian police because the guide is accused of “protesting.”

After a smooth set change, the wife is being quite flirtatious with the tour guide admitting that she’s concerned about zero contact with other people.  She complains about her “ungrateful kids” and her “small, wasted life.” We understand that the wife wants to leave her husband for a man she doesn’t know. She’s trying to encourage him to make love to her; however, he’s gracious but clearly not interested. They then have a very moving break-up.

Under an excellent starry sky, the husband comes back to the girlfriend and expresses a “moment of madness to appreciate what we have…I don’t remember being held in a way that made me feel anything.”  The girlfriend, however, wants to elope…and the story continues.

The staging of Pharaoh’s head was wonderful, and stage management during the set change was excellent. Most of the costuming was beautiful.

Stage Management by Michael Suenkel was excellent, as was the Scene Design by Carey Wong.

Dialect Coach Lynne Soffer
Costumes by Melanie Burgess
Fight Coordinator and Intimacy Director Ian Bond
Sound Design by Johanna Melamed
Lighting Designed and Operated by Jeff Rowlings

Performances of Hotter than Egypt continue through Friday and Saturday April 22-24, 2022, at Marin Theatre Company, located at 397 Miller Avenue, Mill Valley CA 94941. www.marintheatre.org  Telephone for tickets:  415/388-5200

Coming up next:  The Sound Inside by Adam Rapp from May 26 to June 19, 2022

Critique by
Elle Alexa Simon
Student of Flora Lynn Isaacson, SFBA Critic

The Packrat Gene

By Flora Lynn Isaacson

Ross Valley Players Presentation
“The Packrat Gene”
March 27, 2022
(Pandemic Relief)

Masks notwithstanding among the audience, theater seats were full, and there was plenty of laughter to be shared in this production as written by Margy Kahn, Playwright, directed by Michael R. Cohen, and produced by the Ross Alternative Works Committee.

Cast members were in their element and provided non-stop comedic interest combined with reflections about the past and trauma about the present, keeping the audience riveted. They included Marcia van Broek (Esther, the Grand Mother), Maya Rath (Leigh), Esther’s daughter and Rachel’s Mother, and Julie Ann Sarabia (Rachel, the daughter of Leigh and Granddaughter of Esther). Understudies were Helen Kim and Pear Michaels.

The story line follows their 2019 shared experience of helping Esther (a Holocaust survivor) move from her cluttered New Jersey garden apartment into an elder residence. Mother and daughter are trying to go through possessions without too much disagreement. Given the clutter, the set was charming, and the French music added lightness to the traumatic atmosphere.

There is conflict, inasmuch as Esther must move within five months and does not want to go through the trouble. Leigh is staying a few days and trying to make it easier for her mother to move by reducing the clutter, but Esther cannot stop reflecting on the past, her husband, and her possessions. Rachel is trying to make the situation easier for all of them.

The costumes were excellent, as designed by Michael A. Berg.

The apartment setting, though cluttered, was charming, as designed by Michael R. Cohen with Stage Management by Lyra Smith and Assistant Stage Manager Pear Michaels.

The lighting was very good (as designed by Tina Johnson). While the lighting was very good, the Sound Board operation (sound designed by Stephen Dietz and operated by Lyra Smith) was too low.

Graphic Design was created by Mark Shepard; Publicity by Karen Topakian; Photography by Robin Jackson; and the Program Consultant was Susie Hughes. Volunteer Coordinator was Eleanor Prugh, and Webmaster was Andrew Wilson.

Performances of The Packrat Gene continue through April 3, 2022, at The Barn, Ross Valley Players, located on the grounds of the Marin Art and Garden Center, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Ross CA 94957.

Telephone for tickets:  415/456-9555, Ext. 1

Critique by
Flora Lynn Isaacson, SFBA Critic
Elle Alexa Simon, Student of Ms. Isaacson

RENT

By Flora Lynn Isaacson

Marin Musical Theater Company and Novato Theater Company Present

RENT
By Jonathan Larson

The production of RENT as performed on March 20, 2022, was positively stellar!
                                                         It is simply not to be missed!

With the book, music, and lyrics written by Jonathan Larson, this marvelous production was Directed by Jenny Boynton with Music Directed by Daniel Savio and Choreography by Katie Wickes. —

Loosely based on the opera La Boheme by Giacomo Puccini, RENT follows the lives of young artists struggling to survive, maintain inter-relationships, and succeed artistically in New York’s lower East Side during the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

Kudos go to the entire Cast and Ensemble, Musicians, Costumes, Set Design, and Lighting:
Cast: Roger (Nelson Brown); Mimi (Trixie Aballa); Mark (Jake Gale); Tom (Gary Stanford, Jr.); Maureen (Shayla Lawford); Benjamin (Arup Chakrabarti); Joanne (Anna Vorperian); and Angel (Stephen Kanaski)

Ensemble: Jenny Boynton, John Diaz, Amy Dietz, Michael Hunter, Jesse Lumb, Jamari McGee,   Alexandra Rosen, Michael Lister, Gwen Tessman; Malik-Charles Wade, and Katie Wickes

Musicians provided essential and outstanding backup to the Ensemble. They included
Daniel Savio, keyboards; Isaac Carter, guitars; William Durkee, bass; and Dean Cook on drums.

Lighting: perfectly designed by Marilyn Izbebski
Costumes
were perfectly designed and created by Michele Sanner.
Set Design
was fabulous as organized by Katie Wickes and Jenny Boynton.
Stage Management
was superb by Jennifer Daine.

Through April 10, 2022, RENT can be enjoyed at NTC (5420 Nave Drive, Novato) on
Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm, and Sundays at 2:00p. Tickets can be purchased online at www.NovatoTheaterCompany.org or at the door.

Reviewed by
Flora Lynn Isaacson, SFBA Theater Critics Circle and
Elle Alexa Simon, Literary Author

The Importance of Being Earnest

By Flora Lynn Isaacson

Don’t Miss Oscar Wilde’s
“The Importance of Being Earnest”
Presented by Novato Theater Company

You have until November 21st to enjoy this totally delightful farcical comedy at NTC. Laugh a lot during  this stellar production, and smile a lot long after the performance.

Director Mark Clark has aced bringing together the perfect cast for pure audience pleasure and complete attention to the hilarious/farcical give and take — beyond mere scripted lines. The setting is a country home in aristocratic England during the 1800s (and the repartee is decidedly English). The point is “escape” – from social responsibilities and over-indulgence in social obligations expected among the wealthy at that time.

The wonderful cast members include: Lorenzo Alviso (as Jack and Ernest); Thomas Peterson (as Algernon Moncrieff); Gwendolyn Phair (as Cecily Cardew); Kim Bromley (as Lady Bracknell); Julianne Bretan (as Hon. Gwendolen Fairfax); Shari Clover (as Miss Prism); Tim Clover (as Lane and Merriman); and Mark Shepard (as Rev. Canon Chasuble, D.D.)

Behind the Scenes:
Producer: Electric Bill Weinberg
Director and Scenic Designer: Mark Clark
Costume Designer: Mary Weinberg
Lighting Designer: Frank Sarubbi
Properties Designer: Alexandra Fry
Stage Manager: Michele Sanner
Board Operator: Halina
Music Curator: Bruce Vieiera
Costumes: Edwina Bednarz
Lady Bracknell’s Wig: Chaz Simonds
Scenic Painters: Kim Bromley and Steve Sanner
Production Photographer: Jere Torkelsen
Videographer: Nic Moore

Performances are approximately 2 hours and 20 minutes (including intermission) and run through November 21st, on Friday and Saturday nights at 7:30P with Sunday Matinees at 2:00P.

*Last Performance of “The Importance of Being Earnest” will be November 21, 2021.

For tickets telephone 415/883-4498/493-1006 or go to www.NovatoTheaterCompany.org

**Show proof of full vaccination with driver’s license, and wear a mask covering your nose and mouth for entrance.

Coming up next:  The Who’s “Tommy” from January 13 to February 6, 2022.

Novato Theater Company performances are at 5420 Nave Drive, in Novato 94949.

“RIPCORD” by Playwright David Lindsay-Abaire

By Flora Lynn Isaacson

The sub-title of this review might well be “RVP Versus the Pandemic” inasmuch as the show goes on in spite of Covid-19 mask mandates and social-distancing requirements…offstage. That said, this production is a worthy diversion from the restrictions we are enduring because of the pandemic. There is plenty of comic relief during the pandemic in this crazy/slapstick-comedy by Playwright David Lindsay-Abaire — thanks to its script, casting, directing, and acting.

Kudos to Co-Producer Heather Shepardson; Director, Chloe Bronzan; and to the Cast for stellar performances: “Abby” (absolutely outstanding by Tori Truss); “Scotty” (Beau Tran); “Marilyn” (Pamela Hollings); “Colleen” (Rebekah Kouy-Ghadosh); “the Clown” (Nate Currier); and (Peter Warden) masterfully performing multi-characters: “Derek,” “Zombie Butler,” and “Masked Man.”

Kudos to the Crew for creating our escape into the “safe space” of the living facility: Tom O’Brien (Scenic Design) with Scenic Artistry by Dhyanis Carniglia; Michael Walraven (Set Construction). Stage Manager Dianne Harrison’s talents and those of her assistants, Ben Vasquez and Raysheina de-Leon-Ruhs, were shown by the flawless property design choices and their use. Kudos to Bruce Viera (perfect Sound Design); also, to Michael A. Berg for his tasteful costuming; also, kudos to Richard Squeri for the excellent coaching of the sky-diving skit, combat and intimacy choreography, as well as practical effects; and to Tina Johnson for excellent Lighting Design.

Kudos to the Ross Valley Players Board of Directors Officers and At-Large Members:
President Carol Winograd
Vice-President/Exec. Producer Steve Price
Vice-President/Treasurer Allan Casalou
Vice-President/Business Manager Alex Ross
Secretary Ellen Goldman
At Large:  Stephanie Ahlberg, Michael Cohen, Mark Friedlander, Maureen Kalbus, Dee Kordek,
Maureen Scheuenstuhl,
and Vic Revenko

Kudos also to Robin Jackson for the Program Photography and to Graphic Designer Mark Shepard; to Karen Topakian for the all-important Show Publicity; to Suzie Hughes as Program Consultant; and last but equally important: to Volunteer Coordinator, Eleanor Prugh, and to Webmaster, Andrew Wilson.

For sheer enjoyment this Ross Valley Players production is not to be missed. For performances at The Barn (30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Ross) on the grounds of the Marin Art and Garden Center to and including October 10, 2021, tickets are available online at RossValleyPlayers.com or by telephone: 415/456-9555, Ext. 1.

By Elle Alexa Simon
on behalf of Flora Lynn Isaacson, Critic San Francisco Bay Area Critics Circle

James Dunn Successfully Stages “The Pirates of Penzance” at RVP

By Flora Lynn Isaacson

Director James Dunn wanted us to have some fun!  He feels that summer is a perfect time for silliness.  He achieves this with his remarkable production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s (1879) The Pirates of Penzance. 

Before the curtain is even raised, the stage is set with 8 old-fashioned footlights and box seats on either side of the stage, fronted by a red-velvet curtain.  The time and place is toward the end of Victoria’s reign.  

When the curtain is raised for Act 1, it is on a rocky shore on the coast of Cornwall.  Act 2 takes place in a Ruined Chapel by Moonlight. 

As the story goes, Frederic (Cordell Wesselink) was apprentice to a group of pirates, due to an error by his guardian, Ruth (Christina Jaqua), who came along as the ship’s mate, because, you see, “pirates” sounds very much like “pilots.”  The members of this “pirate” band, led by the Pirate King (Philip Percy Williams) are brave, but their sensitive side prevents them from being completely successful – as should be for plundering pirates.  

 

At the age of 21, Frederic seeks the freedom to discover the non-pirate-side of life and very quickly falls in love with Mabel (Joni DeGabriele), who travels with her own troupe of 3 sisters.  Their father, Major-General Stanley (Norman A. Hall), seeks to protect his daughters from the pirates; allegiances are tested, and the police enter the fray before all is resolved by the final curtain.  

Once the curtain is raised, the atmosphere is set with Ron Krempetz’, Scenic Artist Dyhanisbrilliant set design and construction (by Michael Walraven), as well as the costumes by Michael A. Berg and Jan Koprowski and choreography by Sandra Tanner (which is excellent with every movement, adding another dimension).  The effective lighting design was by Ellen Brooks.  Music Director Paul Smith beautifully handles the accompaniment.  

Standout performances, worth the price of admission, include truly memorable performances by Norman A. Hall as Major-General Stanley; and Philip Percy Williams (who gives a broad, flamboyant, and charismatic performance as the pirate king with a richly-strong voice.  He is also accomplished at comedy, especially with the physical bits that make this show such a delight. ) Also, it’s hard to imagine a better voice than Joni DeGabriele’s beautiful soprano voice for the sweet and fetching role of Mabel. Christina Jaqua uses her wonderfully expressive face to show us the faithful Ruth, who after living with the pirates for a decade-and-a-half, is ready to choose one for her own. 

There are 22 actors whose performances are handled masterfully by James Dunn.  His wonderful direction keeps things going at a very fast pace, and he achieved his wish for us to leave this performance with both a laugh and a smile. 

Performances of The Pirates of Penzance have been running since July 16 and will go through August 16, at The Barn, home of the Ross Valley Players, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Ross. 

Regular performances are Thursdays 7:30 p.m., Fridays 8:00 p.m., Saturdays 8:00 p.m., and Sunday Matinees are at 2:00 p.m.  For tickets, go online to www.rossvalleyplayers.com or call 415/456-9555, ext. 3.

Photography by Robin Jackson

Coming up next to start the 86th Season of Ross Valley Players will be Glorious!  the true story of Florence Foster Jenkins, the worst singer in the world, by Peter Quilter, directed by Billie Cox, from September 18 through October 18, 2015.

 FLORA LYNN ISAACSON

 

Fantastic Opening Weekend of “New Wrinkles: The Middle Age (and beyond!) Musical” at NTC

By Flora Lynn Isaacson

On July 10th, 2015, the Novato Theater Company opened the hit musical New Wrinkles by Rita Abrams, Gerald Nachman, and Morris Bobrow.  Morris Bobrow actually directed this production, and Rita Abrams was the piano accompanist. The very talented cast included Erika Alstrom, Nan Ayers, Mark Clark, Paula Gianetti, and Kit Grimm. 

This hilarious and heartfelt musical revue serves up the pains, perils, and poignancy of aging in clever and crowd-pleasing sketches and songs.  Topics include high school reunions, finances, plastic surgery, aches and pains, sexual enhancement, hair loss, and (of course) new wrinkles. 

Gerald Nachman and his collaborators Morris Bobrow and Rita Abrams first concocted this musical comedy revue in 2002.  It was built around the horrors and humiliations of aging.  This show, which has since had nearly 20 productions in the USA and Canada, includes sketches by Nachman about a mid-aged couple on a date who get increasingly  sexually excited as they compare medical conditions; a flirtatious macho guy in a restaurant resisting a cute waitress’ urging that he order from the “senior” menu; a married couple who realize that the moment their daughter leaves the house for college they have nothing to say to each other; a TV commercial for a dating service that makes you feel younger by hooking you up with little old ladies; and two old friends who meet  on a street corner for lunch but can’t remember why.  Abrams’ and Bobrow’s songs include numbers about plastic surgery, a fantasy doctor who advises you to eat more cheese burgers and hot fudge sundaes; a man who realizes every authority figure is younger than he is; and a woman who laments that she has moved  from a “Miss” to a “Ma’m.”  An outstanding song by Abrams performed with dignity by Erika Alstrom and Nan Ayers was “Woman in her Prime,” a real show-stopper! 

The simple set was designed by Mark Clark with 2 chairs stage left and stage right, with 2  stools on a riser center stage.  The effective lighting was by Halina, with Sandi Rubay on the Sound Design.  The brilliant choreography was by Sherry Hines.  The whole cast contributed to the original costumes.  

Don’t miss this bright and clever musical New Wrinkles: The Middle Age (and beyond!)  

Tickets are going fast!  This sassy musical plays for 3 weekends, July 10 through July 26 at the Novato Theatre Company,  5420 Nave Drive in Novato, Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 p.m.; Sundays at 2:00 p.m. 

Order Tickets online (purchase and print them more than two hours before each performance) at www.NovatoTheaterCompany.org or Buy Tickets (with cash or check only) for theater walkups at 7:00 p.m. Fridays/Saturdays; and at 1:00 p.m. Sundays.  Call 415-883-4493 for questions and information.  Open seating, free parking. 

Photo credit: Fred Deneau 

Next at NTC: to start the Novato Theater Company’s 2015-2016 season will be Vanya &  Sonia & Masha & Spike by Christopher Durang, directed by Buzz Halsing, from August 26 to September 20, 2015. 

FLORA LYNN ISAACSON

“Choir Boy” is a Masterpiece at Marin Theatre Company!

By Flora Lynn Isaacson

Choir Boy is a Masterpiece at Marin Theatre Company! 

Marin Theatre Company closes out its 48th Season with a Bay Area premiere of Choir Boy by Tarell Alvin McCraney, the celebrated American Playwright of the Brother/Sister Plays Trilogy and Head of Passes.  Kent Gash, who previously directed the San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critic Circle’s award-winning production of August Wilson’s Seven Guitars at MTC, powerfully directs this exceptionally beautiful piece of theatre.  This is pure theatre magic! 

Choir Boy takes place at the Charles R. Drew Prep School, an institution devoted to the development of extraordinary young black men.  This play is a series of vignettes focusing on Pharus Jonathan Young (Jelani Alladin), a talented singer at the school.  Pharus, a scholarship student, is ambitious and has worked hard to become the leader of the school’s famous gospel choir, but he’s also not inclined to hide his natural flamboyance and has to decide how to deal with gay slurs from his classmates.

Director Kent Gash has created an ensemble of performers who work as a unit while each actor manages to maintain his individuality.  The primary conflict is between Pharus and Bobby Marrow (Dimitri Woods), member of a prominent family and nephew of Headmaster Marrow (Ken Robinson), while Pharus’ main defender is his roommate Anthony Justin “AJ” James (Jaysen Wright). 

Filling out the cast are two more students Bobby’s friend Junior Davis (Rotimi Agbabiaka) and Pharus’ serious friend David Heard (Forest Van Dyke).  The Headmaster enlists Mr. Pendleton(Charles Shaw Robinson), a retired Caucasian faculty member, to help the singers work together and think through their difficulties. 

Jelani Alladin succeeds in portraying the different sides of Pharus: a young man who wants to be loved and accepted but who understands the need to follow the rules.  Dimitri Woods successfully shows Bobby’s frustration, at not getting the respect to which he feels entitled, without becoming a villain.  Headmaster Marrow, as portrayed by Ken Robinson, sympathetically shows how the Headmaster is occasionally in over his head, and Charles Shaw Robinson adds some comic relief as Mr. Pendleton, who emerges gradually from being less shy and becoming more authoritative. 

McCraney incorporates acappella gospel songs between the scenes, sung brilliantly by his five young leads, directed by Darius Smith and Sound Designer/Assistant Music Director Chris Houston. 

The boys’ sharp prep-school uniforms are designed by Callie Floor and Scenic Designer Jason Sherwood’s stately set is circled by portraits of great African-American leaders.  Lighting Designer Kurt Landisman’s effective lighting enhances the mood.  

Choir Boy is at the top of my list of shows not to be missed!

FLORA LYNN ISAACSON

 

Photos by Kevin Berne and Ed Smith

Choir Boy began June 9 and has extended its run through July 5 at Marin Theatre Company, 397 Miller Avenue, Mill Valley. 

Performances:
Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays 8:00 pm Wednesdays 7:30 pm
Sundays 7:00 pm

Matinees: Sundays 2:00 pm; Thursday, June 18th at 1:00 pm; and Saturday June 27th at 2:00 pm

For tickets, contact Marin Theatre Company at 415-388-5208 or online at boxoffice@marintheatre.org.

Coming up at Marin Theatre Company, to start their new Season, will be The Oldest Boy by Sarah Ruhl from September 10 through October 4, 2015.