Laurel Mill Playhouse Little WomenBy Laura & Mike Clark • Dec 6th, 2007 • Category: Reviews
Listen to our review of Laurel Mill Playhouse’s production of Little Women [MP3 3:45 1.7MB].
Laurel Mill Playhouse
Laurel Mill Playhouse, Laurel, MD
Through Dec. 15th
Mike: This was a fairly solid production of an adaptation of Little Women. I wasn’t crazy about the adaptation itself. A lot of the things I was expecting to happen just didn’t happen. It seemed like it was happy to the point of sappiness. The performers themselves were pretty good.
Laura: There were definitely plot points that were different in this version than when I read the book by Louisa May Alcott. It wasn’t necessarily bad, it was just different.
Mike: Little Women is a play adapted from the Louisa May Alcott’s novel from 1868, adapted by Sandra Fenichel Asher. We are introduced to the Little Women, Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy. They are part of the March family along with their mother Marmee and housekeeper Hannah. There are other characters such as next door neighbor Laurie. Their father is a chaplain during the Civil War. He becomes ill and Marmee has to travel to Washington to be with him. The little women have do some growing up while Marmee is away from home.
Laura: The central character was Jo March, played by Sarah Harper. She was definitely a tomboy and I liked her presentation. She was very much a want to be writer and was always putting on plays. She was a non conformist, very outgoing and I enjoyed her performance.
Mike: She was a very strong performer. A very strong character and I think she did a fine job with the role. Jo’s sisters, Meg played by Renae Jaquish, Beth played by Kathryn Binney, and Amy played by Susannah Eig, all did good jobs. The girls each had their own individual personalities. Even though they were sisters they were not the same, I liked how they all had their own little nuances.
Amy was the youngest and very headstrong and impulsive. I think she represented that very well. I liked the scene with Amy and Aunt March, played by Celeste MacMillian. Aunt March was trying to get Amy to straighten up and be more like an adult. Amy was scared because she had to leave her home.
Laura: I liked Beth. She was definitely the peacemaker. She wanted everyone to get along. She was very sweet and innocent. Her scene when she was ill was very touching. The female head of the March family was Marmee played by Brenda Mack. I liked her demeanor. She was a calming influence on her daughters, especially Jo when she was coming unglued about her writings. Marmee was very in control. As if she had seen it all before and was very caring.
Mike: This was a fairly large cast although there was never a huge crowd of people on the stage at one time. That was really well done. The picnic scene did have a lot of people on the stage. They played a couple games and it worked out fine. The set changes were very subtle. The set was designed by Sarah Kendrick. The pace of the show was also smooth and was directed by Sarah Kendrick.
Laura: Little Women is playing through Saturday December 15th. Thursday the 6th at 8. Saturday the 8th at 8. Friday the 14th at 8 and Saturday the 15th at 8 at the Laurel Mill Playhouse in Laurel Maryland.
Mike: The show lasted about two hours with one intermission.
Laura: And now, on with the show.
The March Family
- Jo: Sarah Harper
- Meg: Renae Jaquish
- Beth: Kathryn Binney
- Amy: Susannah Eig
- Marmee: Brenda Mack
- Mr. March: Brian Binney
- Aunt March: Celeste MacMillan
- Hannah: Lea Maynard / Jeanette Brown (Nov 23-25, Dec 8-10)
- Understudy for Beth: Julia Rogers
The Laurence Household
- Theodore “Laurie” Laurence: James Raymond
- Mr. Laurence: Doug Silverman
- Mr. John Brooke: John Stange
Other Friends and Neighbors
- Sallie Gardiner: Jocelyn Knazik
- Annie Moffat: Deanna Berardi
- Kitty Bryant: Julie Rogers
- April Moffat: April Berardi
- Jean: Jeanette Brown
- Annabelle: Andrea Capron
- Understudy for Kitty: April Berardi
Laurie’s Friends From London
- Kate: Deanne Berardi
- Fred: Aron Kunze
- Ned: Michael Baeder
- Frank: Timothy Baeder
- Grace: Lauren Cherrick
- Director: Sarah Kendrick
- Producer: Patti Knazik
- Stage Manager: Stu Knazik
- Costumer: Jeane Binney
- Set Designer: Sarah Kendrick
- Lighting Designer: Sarah Kendrick
- Props: Constance Lynn
- Hair/Makeup: Andrea Capron, Holly Berardi
- Light Board Operator: Jeane Binney
- House Manager: Norm Gordon
- Box Office: Norm Gordon, Patti Knazik
- Publicity: Maureen Rogers
- Web Design and Maintenance: Stewart Wills
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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.