Sunday, April 03, 2005

My First Review!

oh wow! pat gabridge, the playwright sent me this last night. it's the review from friday's performance. p and i went last night and it was awesome. the lighting, sound, and my projections were really tight. a definite improvement from thursday. we stayed for the party afterward and i introduced p to everyone. we drank some wine, ate cookies and pasteries, and i pimped out my design services to many. i'm probably going to be making some web sites very soon (woo-hoo!) and pat gabridge said he's already thinking of using me in some upcoming productions. people kept telling p how lucky he is to have me. that made me blush. anyway, please take a second to read the review. i'm so very proud.

Duplicity Unmasked
at the Boston Playwrights Theatre

Reviews by Beverly Creasey

They put blinders on horses so they won't be spooked by traffic. In Pat Gabridge's dramedy, called BLINDERS, everyone seems to have adjusted to wearing the figurative kind. Everyone, that is, except a bright young woman who sees the world for what it really is. Shes played to the hilt by Karen Woodward Massey.

Her modern day Cassandra finally comes to the sad if-you-cant-beat-em-join-emconclusion but until then she is hounded from pillar to post. Even her husband (played with just the right amount of oil for a PR guy) throws in with the enemy.

Gabridge's tongue in cheek indictment of conformity borrows the Danny DeVito-Arnold Schwartzenegger (or if you prefer the Corsican Brothers, Donald Sutherland-Gene Wilder) twinphenomenon--but Gabridge teeters briefly on an Ibsen fence, with Massey becoming an Enemy Of the People, informing anyone who will listen that twins do NOT look alike.

The episodic nature of BLINDERS reminds me of Robert Altmans NASHVILLE, especially the hilarious testimonies of locals. Maureen Keiller (our own woman of a thousand faces) is superbly straight faced as a humorless scientist, frightening as a born again protester and perfectly believable as a ruthless senator. In short, reason enough to see BLINDERS.

Steve Auger, too, gets to inhabit a zillion zany everymen, as do Alisha Jansky and Rena Baskin. My faves are Jansky's (none-too-steady in those spike heels) starlet and Baskin's wacky Fat Dominic. Joe Zamparelli and Joshua Feldman are a scream as the unmatched twins in director Melissa Wentworth's fast-paced production --- but the big stars of the show (Sorry, boys) are Jeanne MacLeman's state of the art projections. They make the production look like a million bucks. Even the bios are a hoot and what's not to like about a show with animal mascots!

"Blinders" (31 March - 17 April)
Boston Playwrights' Theatre, 949 Commonwealth Avenue, BOSTON MA
1(617)358-PLAY (7529)

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