Review: Greetings!By Laura & Mike Clark • Dec 5th, 2005 • Category: Reviews
Listen to our review of Stage Door Productions version of Greetings! [MP3 4.4MB 4:43].
Mike: We are discussing the Stage Door Production of Greetings!, a play by Tom Dudzick. The story is a couple coming home to visit his parents and brother for the first time, and to announce that they are engaged. They have a strong Christian background where as she is a Jewish athiest. The brother is mentally retarded and the mother thinks she heard him talk. Turns out he is actually some kind of spirit thing and challenges everything that everybody believes and there is a lot of stuff going on.
Laura: Yes, a lot of controversy. It would make good sermon topics. It was a good show.
Mike: It was a good show. The basic premise is a little scary sounding, but they did a really good job with it. For five people, five actors they pulled off a really good show.
Laura: Yes, they had good use of the stage. The opening scene actually took place out in the audience. Randy and Andi sitting out in the audience miming their flight to Pittsburgh.
Mike: The actual room that the show took place in was a lecture hall at Germanna Community College. The stage area was used really effectively. They had a really nice set. Several entrances gave a lot of flexibility. The basement door, the front door. They had some windows for the Christmas lights to be visible.
Laura: It was a small set, but it didn’t feel crowded. They made good use of the areas.
Mike: They made real good use of the areas. I think of all the shows we’ve seen so far, that is up there as one of the best uses of what they’ve got for staging. It wasn’t crowded like you were saying. They had room for a dining table on the one side. A living room on the one side and it was really good. The cast was five people total. Plus some various people doing voice overs and things. There were three men and two women. They worked together really well. I liked how the whole show took place in an afternoon. So there weren’t costume changes or anything complex. Lights go down for a couple seconds and then they came back up and time had changed. They did that really well. I liked how they did that. One of the characters name’s was Mickey. He had to pull off a couple different accents for his character. I would have loved to know more about him. Maybe it wasn’t an accent, maybe it was just the way he spoke in real life.
Laura: I would have liked to have known more about Mickey’s characters, too. I wish they had put in biographies of the actors in the play bill, but they didn’t with this cover.
Mike: The biographies help me at least to feel what these people are like, what are they interested in. I feel like I’ve seen one of those people before. Probably not, since StageDoor is down in Frederickburg. I feel like I have seen the actress playing the mother before, but I doubt it.
Laura: The actor playing Andy I thought looked familiar. That I had seen him in something.
Mike: So we don’t know. We didn’t get a chance to talk to them afterwards they were changing and stuff. I would say if you’re in the Fredericksburg area, it’s less than an hour from Woodbridge. It’s definitely a doable trip. We went up to Sterling that’s an hour and a half, an hour fifteen so definitely if you’ve got some time free next weekend, Friday or Saturday, down at Germanna Community College near Fredericksburg to check out the show. Greetings! is a fun show. It will make you think. There is a little bit of language so young children probably shouldn’t come. It is also a little complex so kids could get confused. It’s not a Christmas play. It’s also very brave of Stage Door to do a December play that’s not Christmas.
Laura: They talked about Christmas and going to midnight Mass and that kind of thing, but it’s not the main focus.
Mike: It’s not a Christmas Carol. It’s not A Christmas Story. It’s not Santa Claus is Coming to Town. It’s taking place at Christmas, but it’s not the central theme to the play at all.
Laura: And now, on with the show.
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Laura & Mike Clark started ShowBizRadio in August 2005 because they love live theater. They each have both performed in and worked behind the scenes in DC area productions, as well as earned a Career Studies Certificate in Theater from Northern Virginia Community College. Mike & Laura are each members of the American Theatre Critics Association, and Mike is a member of the Online News Association.