Hello, Josh! Thanks so much for your thorough job of reviewing the play. You obviously watched and listened and your hard work is much appreciated. I think everyone can learn from your comments about where the play was weak and can be happy about where we had our good moments. Again, thanks for your attention! ~ Leslie Stoll O'Neill
I liked the birch trees. (Real trees, mind you!) It definitely gave the set an atmosphere, evocative of Russia.
This is a marvelous play, and can't be comprehended in one viewing. I found it hard to get some of the characters straight and their relationships to one another. Even afterwards, I was not certain how two fitted into the story--a gouty old man and a young one who was obsessed with going to Paris, also an eccentric young woman. The Russian names made it particularly difficult. (I am not advocating some kind of Americanization of the text, by the way. Maybe just a little guide in the program.)
The performances were, many of them, quite good. The new-rich peasant, the young student (seemingly a character who voices many of Chekhov's views), the elderly servant,
the formerly rich lady whose property is about to be sold, all made a strong impression.
I will look forward to the next opportunity to see this play. Meanwhile I intend to read the text, and try to understand more of what I missed in the performance.
What a wonderful write up of what sounds like a very complex, but hilarious delightful adventure for the actors, the audience and you,the gifted director!I can just imagine how happy you must have been to bring this fresh twist to life. It sounds like you had some very talented actors and also the added Spanish flavor through the music. I like the word "spicy" and I can just hear your deep laughter of appreciation as the play unfolded bringing magic to the folks in Missoula. Congratulations! ( I hope they video taped it.) Another gem to add to your collection of great accomplishments.
Thank you so much for your stellar review. Playing Puck was one of the greatest highs of my acting career thus far. That little creature was a hard role to let go of. Working with MAT, especially doing Shakespheare is what keeps me in Missoula. Thank you to everyone who came out to see the show and support live theatre!!
I agree that Hannah Paton is marvelous. I think she is a top new talent and those in the know should be watching her carefully.
Although I agree that the play bogs down in places, I felt that this was more the fault of the writing than the acting. As a mother of two daughters, I found Gutierez's portrayal of Dessa powerful and rich in restrained emotion. Tongue of a Bird is a difficult play which was well staged and acted. it's biggest fault lies in the source material, not the performance.
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