Competent Crimes

 

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I would like to see a play about Southerners that I liked and Crimes of the Heart is not it.

Presented for one more weekend at Hanover Tavern, this dated play revolves around the relationship of three sisters and how they deal with the brainless, violent act committed by the youngest. Most of the characters are contemporary Southern stereotypes (the helmet haired social climbing cousin, the silky smooth lawyer, the sacrificial spinster, etc) and there is a reference to white-Southern pride that made my stomach turn.

It could be my disdain for the script but I was not so impressed by this show. The cast was good and consistent across the board with only one stand-out performance put in by Tyler Stevens as Barnette Lloyd, the aforementioned lawyer. His perfect drawl floated over the ears like warm honey to hypnotic effect.

All production elements and Steve Perigard‘s direction were also good, and executed with professionalism.

In summary: It is a solid production and worth the trip for the sake of seeing such. But as a person who wishes to raise the level of racial consciousness in our society,  plays like this must go by the wayside. It seems innocent enough but the white privilege underlying it is just what needs to be obliterated in order for the ethnicities of our society, particularly African-Americans, to gain real equality. If you want to better understand why I feel this way about Crimes of the Heart feel free to ask.

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Big Hand to Hand to God

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I adore provocative, in your face theatre and the collaborative production of HAND TO GOD by 5th Wall and TheatreLab is ALL that and more!

The plot revolves around Jason and his mother, Margery and how they are coping with the loss of their respective father/husband through a puppet ministry at their church. Sounds innocent enough but when Adam’s puppet turns demonic and Margery lets down her guard things get WILD!

The cast is amazing! Adam Turck (Jason/Tyrone, the puppet) has mastered the art of the rapid fire character switch. Adam Valentine (Timmy) is sublime as the teenager with a MILF crush. Anne Michell Forbes (Jessica/Jolene) milks the most out of her short stage time and also does the incredible puppet character switch thing. Kimberly Jones Clark (Margery) is a badass at playing these naughty girl types. Fred Iacovo (Pastor Greg) Um, a little over the top for my taste. (Ouch. Sorry, Fred, I love you as a person.)

Gary Hopper’s direction is so flawless in this show that one might wonder if he was possessed by a mysterious power himself.

This is a play for people who like dark comedy and serious social satire. No weenies allowed.

If you haven’t seen this show – lucky for you it has been extended.

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