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British Players An Act of the Imagination

By • Apr 11th, 2008 • Category: Reviews

Listen to our review of the British Players’ production of An Act of the Imagination [MP3 4:37 21.MB].

An Act of the Imagination
British Players
Kensington Town Hall, Kensington, MD
$18
Through April 20th

Laura: This is the ShowBizRadio review of An Act of the Imagination, performed by the British Players in Kensington, Maryland. Mike and I saw the opening night performance on Thursday, April 10, 2008.

Mike: This was a good show. The first act was a little draggy. The second act picked up the intensity and it was a lot more interesting. I had a good time at the show.

Laura: The first act was all about the set up so it went on and on and on. I really enjoyed the second act because there were lots of twists and turns that I didn’t see coming. I thought the ending was really good.

Mike: An Act of the Imagination is a play by Bernard Slade. It is a psychological thriller focusing on the Putnam family. Arthur Putnam is a mystery novelist. He has just completed his newest book and showed it to his wife, Julia. She loves the book, but has to wonder if it’s based on real life or not. To give anymore away would be a crime in and of itself, so I’ll leave it there, but this is an engrossing show once the set up happens in the first act.

Laura: Arthur Putnam, the mystery writer, was played by Peter Harrold. He gave a very convincing performance. It was obvious that he was in his own world. As a result you were not sure if he was kind of off his rocker a little bit or if that was part of his set up for what happened later in the show. He was really engaging.

Mike: His wife, Julia Putnam, was played by Chrish Kresgue. I think she did a good job. There was an air of mystery about her, which of course you need for a murder mystery type show. I liked that she was concerned about Arthur, but at the same time had her own secrets that came out slowly throughout the evening. I liked the scene when she was talking with Brenda Simmons ( I’m not going to tell you who she is.) She played it with just the right amount of shock and the right amount of anger to make it a very interesting scene.

Laura: Arthur’s son, Simon Putnam, was played by Clyde Wright. He was quite the squirrely little character. In his scenes it was obvious that he was trying to get money out of his father. His overall appearance and carefree air about the world was fun to watch. He was probably the most humorous of everyone I thought.

Mike: The set was simply gorgeous. The set was designed by Robert Gray. The set was the living room of the Putnam family home. There was only one entrance which I thought was a little limiting, but once they actually started using the space and people started coming and going it worked really well. There was also a large picture window at the back of the stage. You could actually see the people coming as they would park their cars which you would hear drive up. One thing I kind of wished was if they had something back there. It was kind of bland.

Laura: The sound design for An Act of the Imagination was also creative. The Sound Designer was Daniel Bentz. The music that played between scenes was not over powering. However, I thought in the opening scene in the second act the music was almost too loud. I realized that the music was playing in the background and Arthur did eventually turn it off. It just seemed to electrify the scene.

Mike: It was raining during much of the show. The sound effects were really good. There was a lot of thunder, but there wasn’t a lot of lightning. It may have been off in the distance. I remember thinking that they should have more lightning since they have a lot of thunder. During the later parts of the show they did do some lightning. You could see flashes through the window. I wish that they could had actual water coming down onto the window. They paid such attention to detail with the rain and the people coming in with water on their costumes. However there wasn’t any rain on the window, which was a small thing, but it was a plot point and would have been a cool special effect to do.

Laura: An Act of the Imagination is playing through Sunday, April 20th, Thursday through Saturday at 8 pm and Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2:30 at the Kensington Town Hall in Kensington, Maryland. The show ran about two hours and twenty minutes with one intermission. I recommend you go see this show. It will keep you guessing up to the end.

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Laura: And now, on with the show.

Cast

  • Athur Putnam: Peter Harrold
  • Julia Putnam: Chrish Kresuge
  • Simon Putnam: Clyde Wright
  • Detective Sergeant Fred Burchitt: Shawn Perry
  • Holly Adams: Lynn Katchmark
  • Brenda Simmons: Susanna Rosenbaum
  • Brooke Carmichael: Karn Henderson

Crew

  • Director: Adriana Hardy
  • Producer: Sara Kane
  • Assistant Director: Alexander Fraser
  • Stage Manager: Mike Lewis
  • Assistant Stage Manager: Anna Britton
  • Set Design: Robert Gray
  • Lighting Design: Jessie Slater
  • Sound Design: Daniel Bentz
  • Master Carpenter: Robert Timmerman
  • Lighting Crew Chief: Peter Nerenstone
  • Properties: Mary Rigney, Joan Roseboom, Erica Slate
  • Costume Design: Sandy Eggleston
  • Wardrobe Mistress: Pat Plunkert
  • Dialect Coach (Welsh): Mary Rigney
  • Dialect Coach (English): Susan Frampton
  • Program Coordinator: Kim Newball
  • Graphic Design: J. Andrew Simmons
  • Lobby Display: Sigrid Blobel, Joan Roseboom
  • Technical advisor: Ed Eggleston
  • Box Office Manager: Gary Lee
  • Business Manager: Gary Beaver
  • Front of House Managers: Sigrid Blobel, Susan Frampton
  • Assistant Front of House Managers: Margaret Lane, Gay Lee
  • On-Site Box Office: Madge Darnielle, Ann Scherer
  • Photography: Harvey Levine
  • Videography: Michael Gilmore
  • Audition desk: Angela Cannon, Susn Frampton, Joan Roseboom
  • Transportation Coordinator: Peter Nerenstone
  • Publicity and Public Relations: Jane Hersee-Lee, Kim Newball
  • Set Construction and Painting: Gary Beaver, Anna Briton, Lois Britton, Albert Coia, Jane Hersee-Lee, Sara Kane, Franki Lewi, Mike Lewis, Peter Nerenstone, Robert Timmerman
  • Front of House: Marcia Bauman, John Barclay Burns, Angela Cannon, Mirjana Djordjevic, Malcolm Edwards, Sue Edwrds, David Esterson, Janet Gregan, Pauline Griller-Mitchell, Jane Hersee-LeeNicola Hoag, Eileen Kent, Frankie Lewis, Pat MacDonald, Dan Mitchell, Kim Newball, Al Noerling, Maggie Skekel-Sledge, Frank Sledge, Carol Strachan
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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.

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  1. Mike,
    I agree, it would have been nice to have had raindrops trickling down the windows. However, this is relatively difficult to achieve in most theatrical sets, given that there is rarely, if ever, any glass in the windows. Typically, set windows are not glazed for two reasons: to maximize safety during the production and to minimize weight and possible damage during transportation of the set from the warehouse to the theatre.
    Regards,
    Mike.