Theatre Mirror Reviews - "Stories I Ain't Told Nobody Yet"

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"Stories I Aint Told Nobody Yet"

Reviewed by Tony Annicone

Wild Thyme Women's current production is Jo Carson's "Stories I Ain't Told Nobody Yet". It is a look at everyday life in her native Appalachia and East Tennessee. She remains true to the speaker's thoughts and copied down the people's words to create the 54 monologues and dialogues found in this show. Diana Finegold directs this series of vignettes with a deft hand, bringing the comic and dramatic moments out in each one and selecting topnotch performers to handle them with ease. The music direction by Diana Bishop brings some wonderful acapella harmony to the proceedings and the 17 member cast sing as well as they act, making it into a successful mixture, pleasing an appreciative audience.

Set in a blackbox theatre, with black boxes and several props, this enormous undertaking gels together wonderfully with everyone doing a perfect southern accent. Both Dianas do double duty by performing in this show with their 15 fellow thespians. Diana Finegold is a bundle of energy whether she is directing or acting in a show and her facial expressions and line delivery are brilliant, too. Most of the cast have both comic and tragic moments in this show. One of the most outstanding actresses in this show is Sharelle Daniel who does a riveting monlogue about racial prejudice the Martin Luther King was murdered in 1968 as well as a farcical dialogue as a busybody old lady on a walker. She shows great depth in all her work.One of the funniest moments comes when Ben Stevenson appears as a young man who complains about his mother while trying to do his laundry by himself. He doesn't know how to run the washing machine and forgets to put soap in it. He eventually throws almost all his clothes in it together, leaving him a funny pair of boxers. Ben also plays guitar and sings beautifully during the show. The numerous others who do great work in this show include Denise Abercrombie, Carol Becker, Michael Bradford, Joann Bromley who is a hoot as a forgetful old grandmother who keeps asking where dead family members are, Jocelyn Bromley, Maria Castagnaro, Dana Froscio, Jackie Granja who does a comic turn in the destruction of the mountian scene saying it's destruction leaves nothing of beauty just a smell, MaryKay Kelleher, Marcia Murphy who shows her versatility in several roles including an old woman on a cane and a young mother who finally gets to enjoy a sunrise, Joe Presslitz, Richard Seiden who gets to show off his acting ability with real life girlfriend, Diana Finegold in one of the scenes and also shows off his powerful baritone voice in the vocal numbers and Nora Soruco. So for a look at real life in the heart of the southern USA, be sure to catch this show and its 17 wonderful performers.

"Stories I Ain't Told Nobody Yet" ( 22 & 23 October & 5 & 6 November)
WILD THYME WOMEN
The Spirit of Broadway Theatre, 24 Chesnut Street, NORWICH,CT (October shows)
First Congregational Church, Union & State Streets, NEW LONDON, CT(Nov. shows)
1 (860) 440-2701

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