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Silver Spring Stage The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen’s Guild Dramatic Society’s Production of Macbeth

By • Apr 6th, 2011 • Category: Reviews
The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen’s Guild Dramatic Society’s Production of Macbeth by David McGillivray & Walter Zerlin, Jr.
Silver Spring Stage
Woodmoor Shopping Center, Silver Spring, MD
Through April 23rd
2:00, with one intermission
$20/$18 Seniors and Students
Reviewed April 2nd, 2011

The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen’s Guild Dramatic Society’s Production of Macbeth is a comedy by David McGillivray & Walter Zerlin, Jr. A community theatre’s dream (or nightmare depending on one’s point of view) of putting on one of Shakespeare’s best loved Scottish plays. Totally silly and not to be taken seriously by anyone (except maybe the actors).

Mrs. Reece, played by Diane Wurzer, tried her best to pull off the Shakespearean tragedy. Wurzer with her proper English accent did her best to keep keep the show rolling right along. Her desire to win the competition kept her backstage for most of the show except when she was either trying to clean up, fix something or as was most often the case, buttering up the producer and Adjudicator Mr. George Peach. Mrs. Reece’s speech was sometimes difficult o understand until you realized she was saying nothing of importance. Then it was ok. Mr. Peach (David Flinn) was just that, a real kumquat. A confirmed bachelor, he was there to offer his insight and (in his mind) years of theatrical advice on the proper way to perform Shakespeare. Along with the whole cast, Sir Peach’s larger than life gestures and over the top emotion kept the audience laughing.

Stage Manager and due to an unfortunate accident by another actor (that is one of the actors playing an actor, not an actor in real life), Henry (David Dubov) was also Lady MacBeth. Trust me, this secret will fool no one. As the stage manager Dubov was efficient, if a bit neurotic. He found more of his calling as Lady MacBeth. Another character who needs some credit (and percocet) is Kate played by Mattie Cohan. Although a small part, Kate could never get the hang of crutches and though she persevered, things seemed to go from bad to worse. Possibly she takes the phrase “break a leg” literally? Or she said the name of the play they were performing backstage?

With authentic costumes by Costumer Marilyn Johnson and clever properties and set decoration by Mary Dalto the show did manage to go on. The Lighting & Sound execution by Patrique Beard, Jamie Couper and Jim Robertson was excellent, with several complicated sequences that would be very easy to mess up (although who would know?). The Combat Choreography was by Mattie Cohan. It looked totally unreal, which was the point. It looked bad, which made it all the funnier.

One issue with the show’s script is that once you understand that this is a disaster in the making (similar to the final act of Noises Off), it is simple to let the humor roll over and engulf you. Unfortunately, the humor builds rather quickly in the first act, so that the last half of the show can’t quite sustain the humor as we’ve become acclimated to it. Then when Mr. Peach takes the stage to give his final notes of the “production” it is a bit of a comedown.

The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen’s Guild Dramatic Society’s Production of Macbeth was obviously funny. It helps if you know Shakespeare’s story, but it’s not a requirement. A show heavy on silliness and light on reality.

Director’s Note

Please do not attempt to take this play too seriously. You may injure yourself. This is not a play meant for deep contemplation. It is not meant to shed light on an issue, to deepen perspective, or to raise important questions. We have no intention of challenging the audience’s preconceptions of anything. We will not be asking for a deep intellectual commitment from you. Anything you see tonight that you find thought-provoking is, I assure you, completely accidental.

We will, however, be asking that you please take a raffle ticket.

This play is meant to be fun, and to be funny (we hope). That’s it. That’s the entirety of its purpose. Personally, I find that sort of refreshing. We had a heck of a good time working on this show. We hope you have a heck of a good time watching it.

Enjoy the show. And we’re serious about that raffle ticket.

Jacy D’Auitolo, Director

Photo Gallery

Alyssa Sanders (Thelma), David Dubov (Henry) David Flinn (Peach), Diane Wurzer (Mrs. Reece)
Alyssa Sanders (Thelma), David Dubov (Henry)
David Flinn (Peach), Diane Wurzer (Mrs. Reece)
Malinda Smith (Dawn)
Malinda Smith (Dawn)

Photos by Harvey Levine

Cast

  • Peach: David Flinn
  • Mrs. Reece: Diane Wurzer
  • Thelma: Alyssa Sanders
  • Henry: David Dubov
  • Minnie: Ana Maria Mutchler
  • Plummer: Sandy Irving
  • Dawn: Malinda Smith
  • Felicity: Jessie Dulaney
  • Kate: Mattie Cohan
  • Gwynneth: Audrey White

Production Staff

  • Producer: Pauline Griller-Mitchell
  • Assistant Producer: Christie Walser
  • Director: Jacy D’Aiutolo
  • Stage Manager: Pam Burks
  • Set Designer: Jacy D’Aiutolo
  • Master Carpenter: Nicole Jaja
  • Set Painting: Nicole Jaja
  • Set Construction and Painting Assistant: Joseph Jaja
  • Properties and Set Decoration: Mary Dalto
  • Weaponry: Mattie Cohan
  • Lighting Designer: Peter Caress
  • Sound Designer: Jamie Coupar
  • Light & Sound Execution: Patrique Beard, Jamie Coupar
  • Jim Robertson
  • Costumer: Marilyn Johnson
  • Choreographer: Allison Otto
  • Combat Choreographer: Mattie Cohan
  • Make-up & Hair: the Cast
  • Photographer: Harvey Levine
  • Playbill: Leta Hall
  • Program Covers & Subscription Brochure: Craig Allen Mummey
  • Artistic Liaison: Andrea Spitz
  • Hospitality: Kathie Mack
  • Opening Night Reception: Richard Ley & Christie Walser

Disclaimer: Silver Spring Stage provided two complimentary media tickets to ShowBizRadio for this review.

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