Thursday, December 10, 2009

"Absolutely Stunning"

Review of The Marriage of Bette and Boo in the Humboldt Beacon 12/10 by Beti Trauth:

"Humboldt State's Department of Theatre, Film and Dance is wrapping up their 2009 Season of shows with an absolutely stunning production of provocative playwright Christopher Durang's dark, tragi-comic totally dysfunctional family saga, “The Marriage Of Bette And Boo.”

"Every artistic base is brilliantly touched as the play (literally) rounds the stage of Gist Hall Theatre in a dizzying display of extreme emotions, fractured inter-relationships, and individual dreams that always come apart at the seams."

"Bountiful bouquets go to this ensemble of fabulous actors: Lanelle Chavez as Bette; E. Thomas Heinz as Boo; Keili Simmons Marble as Bette's uninvolved mom Margaret; Mason Daniel Lev as Bette's jibberish-talking dad Paul; Genevieve Dodge as Bette's spacey sister Emily; and Kelly Whitaker as Bette's snarky sister Joan.

Steven Robert King plays Boo's chauvinistic, “Archie Bunker” echoing father Karl; Brittany Williams is Boo's poiqnantly funny, brow-beaten mother mysteriously called Soot; and Brandon McDaniel is deliriously double-cast as both Bette's quack doctor and an equally inept, marriage-counseling priest Father Donnally.

The show's technical team is equally deserving of major bravos in putting this excellent production together."

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