Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Theophilus North: 10/03/2006

I’m a sucker for Thornton Wilder. Our Town, Skin of Our Teeth, his great one-acts – I really love those plays. Matthew Burnett’s stage adaptation of Wilder’s novel, Theophilus North, fits right in to the dramatic Wilder cannon. As I haven’t read the novel, I can’t comment on how its stage adaptation relates to the source material, but the production currently being presented by the Keen Company has a look and feel that is 100% Wilder. Under the superb direction of Carl Forsman (Keen Company Artistic Director), the entire ensemble is doing fine, detailed character work most in multiple roles, managing to paint vivid portraits in numerous short scenes. It would be unfair to single out anyone, but I will; a real standout is Giorgio Litt (in the title role), making his New York debut, who is never off stage for the entire show. The only disappointment in the evening was that the theater was less than 50% occupied tonight. What a shame.

For tickets & info: www.keencompany.org

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