Written and performed by Dan Hoyle, The Real Americans, part of Playmakers Repertory Company’s PRC2 series, takes a look at a disillusioned young man who sets off on a road trip across America to find “the real Americans.”
What he ultimately finds along the way is a melting pot of views and voices, each brilliantly brought to life in mildly comical but never critical portrayals by Hoyle himself. His characterizations of the people he meets along the way never fail to show both the sympathetic side and the ugly side of these people, giving this work a depth and humanity that makes it honest and worthwhile.
Hoyle is a true genius at his craft, easily morphing from one character into the next. He portrays characters from all walks of life, from all over the states, and from all race and age demographics. Watching him morph from one colorful character to the next is truly amazing and one of the finer gifts that this production offers. Through voice, physical performance, and subtle nuance, one man makes many characters very real and memorable.
The Real Americans is never preachy. It, instead, takes a very “slice of life” approach to its subject matter. Its one fault is that several characters are repetitive, which can sometimes make the performance feel a bit long. For each drawn out moment, however, there are others that don’t go on long enough, leaving the viewer always wanting more, as well as leaving the viewer with questions unanswered, questions which are left to be processed after the curtains close.
The Real Americans is not perfect, but it is an enjoyable, thoughtful piece that will make all viewers question where they stand as Americans and where, exactly, they would fall in the repertoire that Hoyle has presented.
THE REAL AMERICANS, written and performed by Dan Hoyle (PlayMakers Repertory Company, April 27-May 1 in the Elizabeth Price Kenan Theatre in the Center for Dramatic Art at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill).
VIDEO PREVIEW: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BSSBwQOkHgE.
PRC NEWS RELEASE: https://playmakersrep.org/press/the-real-americans-completes-playmakers-new-season-lineup/.
PRESENTER: http://www.playmakersrep.org/, https://www.facebook.com/playmakersrep, https://twitter.com/playmakersrep, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PlayMakers_Repertory_Company, and http://www.youtube.com/user/PlayMakersRep.
PRC BLOG (Page to Stage): http://playmakersrep.blogspot.com/.
Dan Hoyle (Brooklyn, NY actor, playwright, journalist, sports fan, and politico): http://www.danhoyle.com/ (official website), https://www.facebook.com/Dan-Hoyle-116009515104460/ (Facebook page), and https://twitter.com/danhoyle (Twitter page).
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Susie Potter is a Raleigh, NC-based freelance writer and editor. She is a 2009 graduate of Raleigh’s Meredith College, where she majored in English. She holds graduate degrees in teaching and American literature from North Carolina State University in Raleigh. In addition to her work for Triangle Arts and Entertainment, she is an award-winning author of short fiction. Her works have appeared in The Colton Review, Raleigh Quarterly, Broken Plate Magazine, Big Muddy: A Journal of the Mississippi River Valley, the Chaffey Review, and Existere. To read all of Susie Potter’s Triangle Arts and Entertainment articles and reviews, click http://triangleartsandentertainment.org/author/susie-q/. To read more of her writings, click http://www.susiepotter.com and http://www.myspace.com/susiepotter.