Review of The Time of Your Life by the Providence PlayersBy Lisa Kay Morton • Oct 16th, 2006 • Category: Reviews, The Time of Your Life
Listen to Lisa Kay Morton and Lynne Bouchard’s review of Providence Player’s production of William Saroyan’s The Time of Your Life. [MP3 3:50 1.1MB] Yes, this is the show that I am in, and yes, I did meet Lisa Kay and Lynne after the show, but they were not influenced or bribed in recording their thoughts about the show. Feel free to leave your own thoughts on the show in the comments after their review. View the Time of Your Life Photo Galleries.
Lynne: The show opened this Friday and plays Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 PM through October 28th and Sunday matinees at 2 PM on October 15th and October 22nd.
Lisa Kay: The play takes place in 1939. It’s that time period right before World War II. It is a cross section of Americans who wander through a waterfront saloon in San Francisco searching for meaning and happiness. There are also of things we really enjoyed about his show. It was fun to see a wide variety of characters coming on stage. I know there are a lot of things you really liked, Lynne. What were some of your favorites tonight?
Lynne: Well, I would have to say when you first walk into the theatre the thing you notice first is the set. The set was just unbelievable. It was just beautiful. For me the standout performances were John Coscia as Kit Carson. He brought so much energy and personality to the stage.
Lisa Kay: He was fun.
Lynne: He really was. Patrick David as Joe was very believable. As a character study I really enjoyed his character. Barbara Gertzog played Mary.
Lisa Kay: Just the one scene and she was fabulous.
Lynne: She was wonderful I thought. She was a wonderful character study. Another person who I really enjoyed was Gerry Vans in his cameo role as the Arab. He didn’t have a lot of speaking parts, but his presence on stage, didn’t you think?
Lisa Kay: And I wish I remembered his lines because there were so many times in the show that the character would say the same line over and over again. It didn’t matter what the question was or what he was responding to. It was just that one line.
Lynne: Right. I thought he was very wonderful.
Lisa Kay: It was really pretty easy show to enjoy. There is a big variety of characters in the saloon. We never left the saloon. There were over 25 different actors that came on. Everyone from the policeman to the guy playing the piano and the kid playing pinball all night. Lots of little sub plots and lots of variety between dramatic moments and some really funny comic moments as well.
Lynne: I thought so, too. I said earlier about the set being so believable and just so realistic. In my opinion there was just one small distraction with the realism of the set and I know they were trying to keep the realism of being in a saloon. The pinball machine was a little bit distracting over the actors dialogue. That was just a tiny thing.
Lisa Kay: But it was a lot going on. I understand. That’s a hard balance to get that realism. Just like we’re both musicians so we were listening to the piano the whole time and every once in awhile I’d hear something and say, “Gosh, did he really want to use that chord?” And I’m like, “Ok, back to the show.” But for me it was the same distractions we’d probably have if we were in that saloon in 1939.
Lynne: Exactly. You know, I think it was a good show. It’s certainly suitable for most audiences. There was a lot of depth on stage and a lot of potential for depth on stage. Some of the little moments in the show were the best. We laughed considerably thinking about how much we wanted jelly beans after the show.
Lynne: We went out looking for jelly beans after the show.
Lisa Kay: So we certainly encourage you to figure out what the jelly bean appeal is if you get a chance to see The Time of Your Life.
Lynne: Yes, if you get the chance it’s The Providence Player’s and they’re in Fairfax, Virginia. If you want any additional information it is available on their website which is: www.providenceplayers.org.
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