Theatre Mirror Reviews - "The Laramie Project"

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"The Laramie Project"

by Moises Kaufman
and
Members of Techtonic Theater Project
Directed by Nancy Curran Willis and Jason Southerland

Set Design by Ruth Neeman
Lighting Design by Jake DeGroot (Based on Karen Perlow's original)
Costume Design by Molly Trainer
Sound Design by Jeremy Wilson
Properties Design Susan Davis
Projections Design by Jon Sachs
Dramaturg Brandon Kornell
Dialect Coach Nina Pleasants
Video & Slide Technician Daniel Biser
Production Manager/Technical Director Gwenmarie Ewing
Stage Manager Dani Snyder

CAST BREAKDOWN
JAMES BARTON:
Rulon Stacey, Mormon Church Leaders, John Peacock and Harry Woods
KENT FRENCH:
Doc O'Connor, Rob DeBree, Andrew Gomez and Reverend Fred Phelps
ANNE GOTTLIEB:
Reggie Flutie, Rebecca Hilliker, Kerry Drake and Trish Steiger
TOM LAWLOR:
Sgt. Hing, Matt Galloway (the bartender), Father Roger, Aaron McKinney and Dr. Cantway
LAURA NAPOLI:
Aaron Kreifels, Romaine Patterson, Zackie Salmon and Jen (a friend of Aaron's)
SHEILA STASACK:
Catherine Connolly, Eileen Engen, Sherry Aanenson, Lucy Thompson, Baptist Minister and Zubaida Ula
HOLLY VANASSE:
Marge Murray, Shannon (a friend of Aaron's), Sherry Johnson and Shadow
FORREST WALTER:
Jedadiah Schultz, Dennis Shepard, Matt Mickleson, Russell Henderson and Stephen Mead Johnson

The night I saw "The Laramie Project" in the Gloucester Stage space, every seat was filled and an extra row of folding-chairs had to go up to hold the overflow crowd.
What a stunning refutation of the argument that serious, ground-breaking drama about current social issues cannot draw an engrossed, moved, enthusiastic crowd. Congratulations to the Cape Ann community and the loyal subscribers of Gloucester Stage for their enthusiastic involvement with good theater.

I must refer you to my own review of last year's production at the Tremont Theatre in Boston. In a sense Nancy Curran Willis, who directed the play along with Jason Southerland, called the original Boston Theatre Works cast together to "pull the show out of repertoire" and so for them (and for me!) this was almost as much a joyous reunion as a re-staging. Except, of course, that everyone, unbelievably, did a better job. And I must admit that, having seen the show once, I expected that familiarity would dull my reactions. Instead I discovered them even more deeply felt.

After the show --- which involves an entire town's attempts to deal with the hate-murder of a homosexual --- I overheard several patrons thanking and complimenting the staff for the production, and enthusing over the quality of shows the company has been doing recently. Those comments --- and the row of extra chairs --- give ample proof that damn good theater is alive and well in the home of "The Perfect Storm"! And, if you're an outsider, call 1(978) 281-4433 before the last folding-chair gets filled!

Love,
===Anon.


"The Laramie Project" (11 - 22 September)
GLOUCESTER STAGE
267 East Main Street, GLOUCESTER MA
1(978) 281-4433


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