Review: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof by Tennessee Williams

CaptureThe lights come up on an inviting bed/sitting room with French doors opening out to a view of a magnificent plantation. This sets the tone for those familiar with a Tennessee Williams play.  You are invited to observe the web of secrets, deception, and shame and they begin with the opening lines between Maggie and Brick. The performance of this play hinges on a Maggie who entices the audience with her sensuality and a Brick who commits to his lengthy silences; a Big Daddy who is foreboding and unforgiving in his machismo and a Big Mama who is manipulative in her damedom; and a Gooper and Mae who have their own story supported by children who add to the chaos. The other characters are either managing the chaos or unintentionally adding to it.

Under the flawless direction of Kevin Schwab, the Parkside Players produced this wordy and layered play to great success. Mendacity is reflected in the subtle glances, closing and opening of the doors, and the story told between pauses and proximity between the actors. Cat on a Hot Tin Roof is one of Tennessee William’s best known plays. This strong ensemble cast unabashedly convey all aspects of dying, alcoholism, deceit, love, and sex. The winner takes it all but who is the winner?

 

 

Parkside Players
Grace Lutheran Church
103-15 Union Turnpike, Forest Hills, NY 11375

Performances
Fridays, February 26 & March 4 @ 8:00 PM
Saturdays, February 20, 27 & March 5 @ 8:00 PM
Sundays, Februaryr 21 & 28 @ 2:00 PM

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Review: The Extraordinary Fall of the Four-Legged Woman by Lily Ali-Oshatz

Capture“Freaks raised to nobility” sings M the Ringmaster. It’s the timeless tale of boy meets four-legged girl. However, who’s the freak?  Fans of Side Show and American Horror Story: Freak Show will love this a cappella musical. Based on the true story of Myrtle Corbin, played by Madeline Bugeau-Heartt, the musical is about a woman who was born a dipygus and has created a normal life within her circus family. Clinton Bicknell, played by Justy Kosek, is a magician who sees her act and falls in love. Corbin is torn between the only family she knows and the unknown represented by the young lover who is courting her.

Directed by Madeline Wall, the talented ensemble cast of six tell this simple story on a mostly bare stage.  A string of lights represent the circus tent and a handful of props are used to navigate scene changes and new locations. Running at 45 minutes, the show fits perfectly into the Frigid Festival’s schedule.  There are 4 performances left so definitely catch this unique and experimental piece of art.

The Kraine Theatre

85 E 4th St, New York, NY 10003

Feb. 20th     6:40pm

Feb. 22nd    8:50pm

Feb. 27th     1:40pm

Mar. 2nd      8:50pm

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