Sunday, November 23, 2008

Review: Director's Showcase 2008 (Night Two)

The second evening of shows for the 2008 Directors Showcase at Lee University proved just as entertaining and intriguing as the first.
The show began with "The Bear" by Anton Chekhov, directed by Sarah Shealy.

From the moment the lights rose I felt that the scene could have used some improvement.

That improvement was Jon Tully. Stealing the scene with the kind of energy Shealy herself is known for, Tully and Alyssa Hause were ravishing together, bringing out the best in each actor.

Savannah Thomas added to the already hilarious scene with her comedic role as Luke.

By the time the scene ended, the audience was so enamored of the lead characters that when they crossed the stage to move props during a scene change, applause erupted all over again.
"The Bear" was followed by "An Interview" by David Mamet. It was directed by Becca Ogle.

Zach Skaggs pulled off an amazing feat considering he took the brunt of the lines for the scene, diving into monologue after monologue while Nikki Branam looked on, searching for any real explanation in his words.

The scene's twist was sudden but intriguing.
After the intermission came "Haiku," directed by Kathleen Hawkins and written by Katherine Snodgrass.

The performance of "Haiku" was the most beautiful one-act play of the entire showcase.

The scene opened too softly and was at times difficult to hear, but the projection and rising action rose in unison for the most part.

Becca Bandy delivered a spot-on performance, perfect in every way, as Louise. Sarah Anderson and Anna Rich both contributed a lot to making their characters come alive.

Hawkins' use of lighting in the scene was the best in the showcase as well, providing an exceptional transition into thought and time, as called for by the scene.

Overall, it was a lovely piece.
Anna Cook directed "Under the Balcony" by Bruce Kane to wrap up the showcase.

Cook mastered the use of pop-culture references and humor, be it visual or spoken to capitalize on the essence of the scene.

Joshua Peterson gave a lively and upbeat rendition of Cassanova, assisting Romeo (Kyle Dusina) on the proper way to woo Juliet (Lanie Warren).

• See more photos from the show.

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