Perception and reality are not always the solid things we presume them to be. Playwright Michael Hollinger works on this theme in his 2010 play “Ghost-Writer,” which opened September 28 at Marietta’s Theater on the Square. If it has been a while since you have indulged in the cultural treat that is live theater, consider making the journey to Marietta to enjoy this outstanding production.
Directed by Jessica Phelps West, the play “Ghost-Writer” has a compact cast of three actors. Elisa Carlson portrays the typist Myra Babbage, the plays protagonist. She is accompanied by only two performers. Peter Tamm plays the celebrated writer Franklin Woolsey, and Ellen McQueen completes the cast as the writer’s wife, Mrs. Vivian Woolsey.
The premise for the Ghost-Writer is that Franklin Woolsey has died, and Myra Babbage has continued typing his last novel as if he were dictating it to her from beyond the grave. Set in 1919, but relying heavily on flashbacks, the tail unfolds of Woolsey and Babbage coming closer and closer together over the years she works for him, and of Mrs. Woolsey’s growing sense of loss and apparently betrayal.
The audience is drawn into this intimate tale mostly through the measured and balanced performance by Elisa Carlson. Though she might share the stage with the talented Peter Tamm and riveting Ellen McQueen, there is no doubt who actually owns this show. This is nearly a one-woman show, and if her performance as Myra were lacking, the play would fall apart. But this not the case. Indeed she owns her performance, breathing life into the character and adding dimensions to the character as Myra grows closer to Woolsey over the years.
Leaving the theater, one wrestles with the feeling that source material was not up to the level of the directors and the actors. There was a sense at times that it was a clumsy, but redeemed by and excellent production. It was interesting that earliest segments of the play—there are no acts or scenes in the traditional sense – were light and comical, and played that way. As the play progressed, especially as it approached the denouement, the tone became darker. Carlson managed the slow shift in tone admiralty, yet in a critical moment an audience member laughed at a dark and tragic scene. I could not see any fault in the performances, but did see issue with the script leading towards humor early, and undercutting its own drama later in the play.
The Backstage Beat recommends that if you have not indulged in the treat of live theater, pamper yourself and get to “GhostWriter” at the Marietta Theater on the Square. The play runs to October 30, 2011.
Fri 8pm & Sun 2:30pm
Wed 2:30pm (10/26/11 only)
No 7 pm performance on Sun 10/30/11)
Sun 9/25 7pm & Tues 9/27 8pm
$24 / $21 groups*, Tues – Thurs 8pm & Sun 7pm
$28 / $25 groups*, Fri 8pm & Sun 2:30pm
$33 / no group discount, Sat 8pm
$20 / $17 groups*, Wed 2:30pm (10/26/11 only)
(*12 or more required for a group
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“A Christmas Carol” at Theatre in the Square Brings the Holiday Cheer!
Nothing makes me feel more like Christmas is just around the corner than seeing a live performance of “A Christmas Carol.” We have been fortunate to see it performed all over the country with highlights in Boston at the North Shore Music Theatre and now a wonderful performance at the resurrected Theatre in the Square!
The intimate theater is the perfect setting for a story this classic. Even if you are sitting in the back, you will still get a great view and feel the story just fine.
From the opening of the story, through the highly appreciated musical numbers, and a wonderful full cast finale, this adaptation is simply delightful.
The cast, comprised of some amazing local talent, is as good as they get! Some of the best and stand out performances go to Bruce Speer as Scrooge, Cindy Copeland as Christmas Past, Vance West as Bob Cratchit and how could we leave out Davie DeWitt as Tiny Tim!
After the show we talked to the owner of the Theatre, Raul Thomas and he told us this. ” This adaptation by Director Tony Smithey he has been producing in a variety of forms for 18 years. Originally written to tour in schools the running time was about 55 min. With the addition of music and dancing it now runs about an hour and a half with the intermission.
In the production Tony has done a little fleshing out to Scrooge’s relationships with his Mother, his only friend Jacob Marley and his one and only true love Belle. ”
This is a must on our Holiday Fun list so get your tickets now HERE as it opens tonight!
The New Theatre in the Square Marietta is Back and Better Than Ever!
Three years ago one of my favorite local theaters took their final bow and closed up shop. Ever since I can I remember, I loved going to see performances at the Theatre on the Square in the beautiful Marietta Square. I can remember going to see some great Christmas shows with my parents and one of my favorites, the “1940’s Radio Hour”. Ahhh, the memories. But, it was all over in 2012.
Three years have come and gone and I spent two of those years in Boston and one in Florida, so imagine my delight to come back to Atlanta to find that the Theatre on the Square was revamped and ready to amaze again with great local talent.
We took a few minutes to get to know the lovely Roxanne Johnson of the Theatre and ask her a few questions.
TBB: We are so excited that the beloved Theatre in the Square in Marietta is making it’s glorious comeback. Tell me about this revival, who is involved and what we can expect?
Roxanne: It was more than heart breaking to the community as a whole to see Theatre in the Square close up shop in 2012. Immediately seeing huge potential Raul Thomas; Executive Chef, Film Maker and avid supporter of all the arts, took over the theatre in September of this year. From the community he hand picked a team of top notch creative and business professionals. We all quickly went to bring this sacred space back to it’s former glory.
Wanting to court previous supporters of the theatre we offer through our resident company standards and favorites of the community. There will also be more contemporary entertainment offered as well as concerts and comedy and other events. The former green room has now been transformed into a small film and photography studio.
The studio is available to the community. As well as classes for children and adults. We are already working closely with Marietta Middle School and Kennesaw State University. The ultimate goal is creating a multi-cultural center bringing entertainment and education to the area through art and theatre.
Information regarding what is currently running and what is coming up for us, as well as purchasing tickets can be found on our website HERE.
After the 1st of the year we will be offering season tickets, flex tickets and reserved seating.
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Once upon a time, there lived a little girl who dreamed of happiness, played with her animal friends and loved her daddy. She loved to pretend that she was the beautiful princess at a ball, dancing the night away. Yes, once upon a time.
As the years went by, the girl grew older but her dreams never died. She still loves her daddy, her animal friends and of course, dreams of happiness and princess gowns.
Last night, that little girl witnessed the most amazing thing! A true princess transform on stage and she knew that anything was possible! So, she began to dream some more!
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