Tag: Glen Matthews
Unfortunately, the characters of “Circle Mirror Transformation” are merely the usual suspects: a bewildered and angry soon-to-be-ex-husband trying to regain his confidence with women, the sexy gal on the rebound from a romance turned toxic, the surly teenaged girl who wants to be a star, the outwardly cheerful acting-class teacher smiling through her tears, and her genial husband taking the class to try to heal the growing fissure between himself and his second wife.
When four lost New Englanders who enroll in Marty’s six-week-long community-center drama class begin to experiment with harmless games, hearts are quietly torn apart, and tiny wars of epic proportions are waged and won. [‘Circle Mirror Transformation’ is a] beautifully crafted diorama, a Petri dish in which we see, with hilarious detail and clarity, the antic sadness of a motley quintet.
Bert V. Royal’s unauthorized play “Dog Sees God,” which features angst-ridden teenage versions of good old Charlie Brown and the “Peanuts” comic-strip gang, is definitely not for small fry, and not just because Snoopy dies of rabies (offstage) — and goes to Dog Heaven — just before the curtain rises.
“While inspired by the wholesome, all-American [“Peanuts”] gang generations have grown up with, this production is intended for mature audiences only,” cautions director Glen Matthews. “Dog Sees God is also presented in a unique environmental format that places the audience in the world of the play …”
Betsy Henderson stakes her claim to the title of the Triangle’s finest actress in Raleigh Ensemble Players’ splendidly staged and brilliantly acted production of “Distracted.” Her heartfelt portrayal of the increasingly frazzled mother of a nine-year-old boy with ADD is a nicely nuanced performance.