First Show Produced
This show was the first show that I wrote and was produced. I came up with the concept and brought it to the attention of Christopher Kidder artistic director of Commedia Beauregard, without the script even being done he agreeded to produce the show for the 2002 Fringe Festival. This was a one man show that was directed by Don Eitel with off stage voice supplied by Tina Fredrickson. The show did not have th biggest audience, but I was happy the show allowed the producer to break even and the show revived not only 4 out 5 stars from audience reviews but also got a review form the press.
Professional Directing Debut
This was my first directing since college. The show came about after a discussion between Jean Wolf and Edwin Strout. After reading many scripts this one jumped out and with Rachel Finch, the show took form. The audience reviews were wonderful, and the house was more than we could hope for. This show took me off stage and put me in front of the stage.
Amaretti Angels - Joking Apart Theater
By Quinton Skinner
It's a bit odd to observe that a straight-up character study with comedic elements is an outlier at the Fringe, but there we are. Edwin Strout and Jean Wolff are an estranged married couple meeting for lunch; the occasion is the marriage of their daughter. The waters are choppy, what with Strout's character having left England (and his family) for stardom as a writer-director in L.A., and Rachel Finch chips in as a waitress with an endless reserve of righteous rudeness. This is a tasteful, well-acted piece (written by Sarah Phelps) that leads us to a satisfyingly adult conclusion. Vampire puppets and frothing non sequiturs not included. Fri 8:30 p.m., Sat 10 p.m. Rarig Center Thrust
ARTS ARENA BLOG
Four plays from the Fringe, from 'Amaretti Angels' to 'Wisdom, Part 1'By Ed Huyck |
Published Wed, Aug 11 2010 2:29 pm
Fringe marks the welcome return of Edwin Strout’s Joking Apart Theater with “Amaretti Angels,” a sad and funny little show by Sarah Phelps. Strout plays Mike, a Manchester-based writer who left his family to pursue his dreams in Hollywood. He’s back home for his child’s wedding and has lunch with his wife, Jenny (Jean Wolff), who after all of these years is ready to move on.
They are served by Sylvana (Rachel Finch), who is either the worst or best waitress in the world, depending on your perspective. Over the course of the meal, the couple reconnects, with Jenny, at first gently and then more firmly, trying to get her husband to realize that it is absolutely over. The show is a bit static — the couple spends most of their time at their seats for dinner, after all — but the performances and script are both winning, with a general sense of sadness underlying the humor. 8:30 p.m. Friday and 10 p.m. Saturday, Rarig Thrust.
Overall rating 4 out of 5 Kitties
made me hungry, in a good way
by Jennifer Walker
Rating 4 kitties
Professional theater professionaly done
by Abby Normal
Rating 5 kitties
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by Justin Alexander
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