Little Theatre of Alexandria Saturday, Sunday, MondayBy Laura & Mike Clark • Jan 17th, 2008 • Category: Reviews
Listen to our review of the Little Theatre of Alexandria’s production of Saturday, Sunday, Monday [MP3 5:14 2.4MB].
Little Theatre of Alexandria
LTA Theater, Alexandria, VA
Through Feb. 2nd
Laura: This is the ShowBizRadio.net review of Saturday, Sunday, Monday, performed by the Little Theatre of Alexandria in Alexandria, Virginia. Mike saw the performance on Wednesday evening, January 16th, 2008.
Mike: Saturday, Sunday, Monday is a show about family and the close relationships of family and friends. Unfortunately, I don’t think the cast for this show had quite gelled together yet to become a really intimate, close group of people. It came across to me as if it were just a bunch of people.
Laura: Saturday, Sunday, Monday is a play by Eduardo de Filippo. Donna Rosa’s extended family from Naples gathers every Sunday for her famous ragu; however, this particular Sunday trouble has been brewing and a good old family row is needed to clear the air. Like any family, their kitchen and dining table serve as the focal point and serves to remind us that food, its preparation and enjoyment, equals love and forgiveness.
Mike: Saturday, Sunday, Monday has three acts. Each act is a different day of the weekend. The opening scene takes place in the kitchen of the household with Rosa, the mother, played by Elissa Hudson and Virginia, the maid, played by Rachel Morrissey. Other family members pass through the kitchen throughout the scene.
Peppino the father was played by Tom Pentecost. He came in frustrated about working at the clothing shop he owned. The grandfather, Antonio, was played by Bill Brannigan. Brannigan had lots of funny lines. Rocco the youngest son of the family came in. He was played by Bill Kitzerow. His friend Federico was with him, played by Richard Isaacs. Federico was in love with the daughter Giulianella, played by Aimee Meher-Homji.
It seemed that even though you had a lot of people in this cast, there was not a real strong feeling of family. I liked the scenes themselves, but they were just kind of flat. Some of the jokes did get some scattered laughter from the audience, but there were several times where there should have been a stronger reaction. For example there was a scene where Rocco insulted his mother’s cooking and stood up to her. She came back at him with a look that should have killed, but it got no reaction from the audience. It was a very strange performance. It didn’t build up much steam or have a lot of energy. At the first intermission no one clapped. It was kind of like “ok it’s over, so what’s next?”
The second act, the Sunday meal, had lots of ups and downs. Again there was a little more reaction, but there was not a sense of a family dynamic. It did not feel like everybody was all together. The energy didn’t work. There were scenes that did get more reactions in the Second Act. The closing scene takes place on Monday morning and kind of wraps everything up. It was an uncomfortable feeling and I’m not sure what the dynamic was.
The entire show takes place in two rooms of Peppino and Rosa’s apartment. The first scene on Saturday takes place in the kitchen. The second and third acts, Sunday and Monday, take place in the dining room.
The Set Designer was Dierde Nicholson-Lamb. I really liked the engineering of the set. There was a wall that slid sideways to the left and right by a hinge. In the first scene the kitchen was the primary area. The second and third acts was in the dining room with a small section of the kitchen showing. It was a little strange because in the second and third acts people would leave the dining area to go the kitchen to get the wine or some food. Virginia would go through the kitchen and through another exit. Then she would come back on a few minutes later with whatever she was supposed to return with.
The question was, why didn’t she stop at the kitchen? Isn’t that where they did the cooking? I feel like the set was trying to be cool. The way they did the staging, instead of having people in the kitchen actually working, when they weren’t in the dining area doing lines, they were off stage. I think they could have, instead of having this nice swinging wall to keep the two sections divided, would be just to simply have two different rooms set up that included a dining area and a kitchen area.
Laura: Saturday, Sunday, Monday ran about two hours and twenty minutes with one intermission and one pause. It is playing through Saturday February 2. Wednesdays through Saturdays at 8 and Sundays at 3 PM at the Little Theatre of Alexandria in Alexandria, Virginia.
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Mike: And now, on with the show.
- Rosa: Elissa Hudson
- Virginia: Rachel Morrissey
- Peppino: Tom Pentecost
- Rocco: Bill Kitzerow
- Federico: Richard Isaacs
- Antonio: Bill Brannigan
- Giulianella: Aimee Meher-Homji
- Aunt Meme: Laura J. Scott
- Attilio: Andrew Langan
- Raffaele: Steve Rosenthal
- Luigi: James McDaniel
- Elena: Suzanne Knapik
- Catiello: Ron Bianchi
- Michele: Jeffrey Stevenson
- Maria: Alyssa Ciccone
- Roberto: James Senavitis
- Dr. Cefercola: Ron Bianchi
- Producers: Mary Ayala-Bush and Sherri Haddad
- Director: Rick Hayes
- Stage Managers: Jerry Dale and Margaret Soroos
- Set Design: Diedre (De) Nicolson-Lamb
- Set Construction: Dan Remmers and Jack Schaeffer
- Assisted by: Rebecca Graber, Bill Kitzerow, Rick Warfield
- Set Painting: Diedre (De) Nicolson-Lamb
- Assisted by: Mary Ayala-Bush, Beverly Benda, Bill Kitzerow, Joshua and Nicholas Lamb, Bill Nicholson
- Set Decoration: Irene Molnar
- Assisted by: Betty Dolan
- Properties: Ceci Albert
- Assisted by: Michelle Bell, Jayn Rife
- Light Design: Robert Timmerman
- Assisted by: James Clements, Richard Isaacs
- Light Board Technician: Jim Clements
- Rigging: Russ Wyland
- Sound Design: Alan Wray
- Assisted by: Eleni Aldridge, Margaret vans-Joyce, Anna Hawkins, Janice Rivera
- Costume Design: Kathy Dodson
- Wardrobe: Margaret Snow
- Assisted by: Jamie Blake, Wanda Perkins
- Makeup and Hair Design: Jen Durham
- Auditions Table: Ceci Albert, LeighAnn Behrens, Carol Strachan
- Double -Tech Dinner: Virginia Lacey
- Assisted by: Mary Hunstad, Michael and William Lacey
- Opening Night Party: Jim and Mary Ann Robertson
- Photography: Peter Piraneo
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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.