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College Community Theater Glengarry Glen Ross

By • Jun 16th, 2008 • Category: Reviews

Listen to our review of College Community Theater’s Glengarry Glen Ross [MP3 7:25 3.4MB].

Glengarry Glen Ross
College Community Theater
Waddell Theater, Sterling, VA
$12/$10 Students and Seniors
Through June 28th

Laura: This is the ShowBizRadio review of Glengarry Glen Ross, performed by College Community Theater at the Waddell Theatre in Sterling, Virginia. We saw the performance on Saturday evening, June 14, 2008.

Mike: Glengarry Glen Ross is a play by David Mamet. The play shows parts of two days in the lives of four desperate Chicago real estate agents who are prepared to engage in any number of unethical and or illegal acts. From lies and flattery to bribery, threats, intimidation to burglary. All in order to sell undesirable real estate to unwilling perspective buyers.

Laura: I thought this was a very angry show. It was well performed and well acted. There was a lot of adult language, but well done.

Mike: I did not know what to expect from this show. I have not seen it before and only read a little of it and seen bits of it on the web. I was very impressed with this how. The language was a bit much at times, it felt a little gratuitous. However it seemed to just roll off the characters. They did not seem to take offense to it. They just treated it as if that’s how they talk everyday, which was how they were supposed to have done it. It emphasized again why I do not like car salesmen and other high pressure sales people. I wonder how much of an impact this play had on salespeople across the country. It was a very well done show.

Laura: The role of Sheldon “Shelley ” Levene was played by Dave Wright. He wanted to be the top salesman and would go to any length to get that way. At the end, however there was a good scene that showed his desperation and what kind of a sad individual he really was.

Mike: John Williamson, the office manager, was played by David Vargas. He found himself between a rock and a hard place. He wanted to provide the guys with a lot of money and a lot of sales leads, but he was tied with how to do that. It seemed that Vargas brought a lot of quiet patience to the role. He really had to maintain his composure, never quite lost control. Sometimes he got close with his anger and the testosterone that was flowing through the stage. I think he did a good job with the role in that he stayed serious and focused, yet at the same time he had a quiet power about him. He had kind of a subtle performance, but it was good.

Laura: Another salesman, Dave Moss, was played by Brad Newberg. He was pretty hyper and some emotional scenes. You could see it by his presence on stage and his attitude. He had one of the biggest swearing scenes of all of them.

Mike: Newberg’s character as Dave Moss was quite the slime ball. You were not supposed to like him. He was very manipulative and really pegged the slimy salesman pretty well.

His “friend,” salesman George Aaronow, was played by Phillip Archey. He was kind of the puppy dog, wanted to be liked by everyone. He just kind of follows along and was very easily manipulated. He had this innocence in the fist act. In the second act his character was scared, on edge. The nervous energy he had on stage worked really well. I liked how he kind of took control of his life again near the end of the show. Yet he was not sure why or what he wanted to do. He was trying to bluff his way through it all and he did a really good job with the part.

Laura: Another salesman, Richard Roma, was played by Faqir Qarghah. He was also very believable in his role. Although he was the slimiest salesman, yet at the same time made you feel good about yourself which is a contradiction in terms.

Mike: He had the empathy down pretty well for making the mark, making the person he was selling to feel good about the decision to buy crap. Again another example of why people hate salesmen. It was that portrayal of the character of Richard Roma.

James Lingk was played by Mike Young. He was the innocent bystander who fell under the spell of Richard Roma and bought something he did not want. His wife told him he did not want it and to go get their money back. The scene with James Lingk was pretty powerful in that you could feel for him. He was trying to do what he needs to do and was taken advantage of by the sales process at the real estate office. I think he did well with maybe not the innocence, but the browbeating by his wife and then the browbeating by Roma.

The last character was Detective Baylen, played by Wayne Jacques. He was the cop investigating the burglary of the real estate office. It seemed that he was also being browbeaten by the salesmen. He did not quite have that air of authority I was expecting from a policeman. It was a very understated character. He only had a few lines with a few times on stage. He did have a strong enough of a character that he was able to grudgingly able to get the respect of the salespeople. But that evaporated really quickly once they laid into him as they did because he was disrupting their routines.

Laura: The set for Glengarry Glen Ross was simple. The first act took place entirely in a Chinese Restaurant. You had harsh lighting on the different scenes which I kind of liked. I thought it drew more attention to the actors on stage and what they were going through.

Mike: Whereas I do not think the lighting in the first act quite hit the atmosphere right of a Chinese Restaurant. I was expecting softer lighting with more color to it instead of just straight white lights for the different scenes. The first act had three scenes taking place at several different tables in the restaurant. The performers not in that scene simply sat at their tables. That was a little distracting, but because they were in the dark, we were able to dismiss it after a few seconds. It also probably sped up the show a little bit not having to worry about people coming on and off as much. The second act took place in the real estate office. With the white lights it was much better. I think it was the right lighting for the second act. It was not warm and fuzzy. I wanted to see the black and whites defining what was right and what was wrong. For these men the only thing right was selling and the only thing wrong was wanting your money back. Nothing else mattered except getting that sale. The lighting was designed by Josh Young.

Laura: The show was directed by Matthew Randall. I think he did a good job with this production. He kept the pace going well. And even though there was a lot of adult language, after awhile it just became a part of who these men were.

Mike: The show ran just under two hours with one intermission. It is playing through June 28. Friday and Saturdays at 8. Sunday the 22 at 2 pm at the Waddell Theatre on the campus of the Northern Virginia Community College Loudon campus in Sterling, Virginia.

Laura: We’d like to invite you to join our free mailing list so you can stay informed with community theatre events in the DC region.

Mike: And now, on with the show.

Cast

  • Sheldon “Shelly” Levene: Dave Wright
  • John Williamson: David Vargas
  • Dave Moss: Brad Newberg
  • George Aaronow: Phillip Archey
  • Richard Roma: Faqir Qarghah
  • James Lingk: Mike Young
  • Detective Baylen: Wayne Jacques

Crew

  • Producer: Natalie V. Safley
  • Director: Matthew Randall
  • Technical Director: Rick Wilson
  • Stage Manager: Laura Moody
  • Assistant Stage Managers: Jackie Gudgel, Jeffery Miller
  • Lighting Designer: Josh Young
  • Light Board Operator: Christina Protic
  • Lighting Hang and Focus: Josh Young, Rick Wilson, Virginia Crosskey, Earl Boatman
  • Sound Designer/Sound Board operator: Paige Mixon
  • Properties: Sherry Yousefi, Christina Protic
  • House Manager: Sherry Yousefi
  • Poster Design: Nick Arey
  • Program Design: Matthew Randall
  • Production Photographer: Laura Moody
  • Publicity: Anne Marie Wilson

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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. I had the pleasure of seeing this closing night. Probably one of best acted and most tightly directed shows that I’ve seen in recent years.