Little Theatre of Alexandria PicnicBy Laura & Mike Clark • Sep 27th, 2008 • Category: Reviews
Listen to our review of the Little Theatre of Alexandria’s production of Picnic [MP3 3:03 2.8MB].
Little Theatre of Alexandria
Little Theatre of Alexandria, Alexandria, VA
$15 – $18
Through October 11th
Picnic is a play in three acts by William Inge. What starts as another ordinary Labor Day picnic to celebrate the end of another ordinary summer turns into a life-changing event for a group of women in a small mid-western town as Madge, the local beauty, must decide between two men: Alan who offers wealth and security, or Hal, who offers love and uncertainty.
This was an enjoyable production. The acting was concise and well paced with a good chemistry among the performers. The set was up to LTA’s high standards. The lighting design was especially useful in setting the different moods for the production.
Brian Razzino played Hal Carter, the young drifter, with an easygoing air about him who took life one day at a time. He never seemed to look towards the future. He had good chemistry with Madge the town’s pretty girl, played by Elizabeth Keith. Madge knew she was pretty and used that to feel safe. She was going out with the town’s most eligible bachelor, when Hal Carter comes on the scene and shakes things up. The confusion and regret on her face near the end of the third act was heartfelt.
Jeffrey Clarke played Alan Seymour. Alan’s life was very orderly until Hal dropped in to town. Clarke didn’t make Seymour into a spoiled rich kid, rather a sympathetic victim of Hal’s enthusiasm for life.
Millie, Madge’s kid sister, was played by Anna Penniman. She balanced the tomboy aspect of Millie with the more feminine young lady she yearned to be. The girls’ mother, Flo Owens, was played by Jan Gaskins. She was a strong character, trying to protect her daughters from making mistakes in their lives. It seemed she was hiding something from them. Her anguish in the closing scene was quite touching.
Rosemary Sydney, a roomer at the Owens, was played by Rebecca Lenehan. Sydney was a schoolteacher spinster. But she seized life at every opportunity, and although she respected the scrutiny she was under by the town, she enjoyed kicking her heels up at times. Lenehan gave a splendid performance.
The set for Picnic was very realistic. There were the outside of two houses and the adjoining yard. The show’s director Howard Vincent Kurtz designed the set. The lighting was also well done. It helped the audience know what time of day it was by the colors displayed. Ken and Patti Crowley designed lighting.
Picnic ran two hours and 15 minutes, with one intermission, and one pause. It is playing through Saturday October 11. Wednesdays through Saturdays at 8 pm and Sunday matinees at 3 pm at the Little Theatre of Alexandria in Alexandria Virginia.
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And now, on with the show.
- Helen Potts, a neighbor: Nancy Thompson
- Hal Carter, a young vagabond: Brian Razzino
- Millie Owens, a young girl: Anna Penniman
- Bomber, the paperboy: Rafael Hernandez-Roulet
- Madge Owens, a beautiful girl: Elizabeth Keith
- Flo Owens, mother of the girls: Jan Gaskins
- Rosemary Sidney, a schoolteacher: Rebecca Lenehan
- Alan Seymour, boyfriend of Madge: Jeffery Clarke
- Irma Kronkite, Elizabeth Replogle
- Christine Schoenwalder, a schoolteacher: Robin Ann Carter
- Howard Bevins, friend of Miss Sidney: Charles Palmer
- Voice of Mama Potts: Barbara Hayes
- Producers: Margaret Evans-Joyce and Richard Schwab
- Director: Howard Vincent Kurtz
- Assistant Director: Melinda Peverall
- Stage Managers: Heather Franklin and Sheila Price
- Set Design: Howard Vincent Kurtz
- Set Construction: Jack Schaeffer and Jerry Wolfe
- Assisted by: John Beahler, Lloyd Bittinger, April Everett, Chris Feldmann, Judy Kee, Orren Kee, Bob King, Robert Kraus, Paul Morton, Jeff Nesmeyer, Ran Remmers, Art Siddon, Art Snow, Bob Staiman, Sherri Singer, Allen Stuhl, Rance Willis
- Set Painting: De Nicholson-Lamb and Kevin O’Dowd
- Assisted by: Margaret Evans-Joyce, Bill Nicholson, Jan Sponberg
- Costume Design: Beverley Benda
- Wardrobe: Margaret Snow
- Assisted by: Rachel Alberts, May Campbell, Samantha Franklin, Rashage Green, Annie Vroom
- Properties: Donna Reynolds
- Assisted by: Sharon Dove, Bobbie Herbst, Carol Hutchinson, Mary Beth O’Donnell, Leslie Reed, Margaret Snow
- Set Dressing: Nancyanne Burton, Allen and Jean Stuhl
- Sound Design: Alan Wray
- Assisted by: Eleni Aldredge, Charles Dragonette, Anna Hawkins, Janice Rivera, Bill Rhinehuls
- Lighting design: Ken and Patti Crowley
- Master Electrician: Eileen Doherty
- Assisted by: Heather Franklin, Pam Leonowich, Nancy Owens, John Petersen, Richard Schwab, J.J. Stinson, Carrie Vernon
- Choreographer: Grace Machanic
- Hair/Makeup Design: Bette Williams
- Rigging: Russsell M. Wyland
- Audition Table: Eleni Aldredge, Betty Dolan, Barbara Helsing, Paul Morton
- Photographer: Doug Olmsted
- Double Tech Dinner: Sharon and Lenard Dove
- Opening Night Party: Frank D. Shutts II and Virginia Lacey
- Assisted by: Michael Lacey, illiam Lacey and Mary Beth Smith-Toomey
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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.