Wednesday, August 15, 2007

REV: Last Weekend for The Drawer Boy

Hey folks, it's the last weekend for our show. Tonight we're having a special showing to let our understudy, Mathis Lidiak, get his turn onstage. So if you're a friend of Mathis' come on out tonight -- 7:30 p.m., Warrior Theatre, 510 College Street, Ingram. Or check out one of our other shows, with Charles Bryant as Miles, John Ruth as Angus, and Jerry Mertz as Morgan. Thursday-Saturday at 7:30 at Warrior Theatre, Sunday at 3:00 p.m. same place. Hope to see you there. Here's a flyer with some info on it, you can click on it to see the larger version.

Here's Claudia Sullivan's review:

Quartet offers a fine trio in Ingram
By Claudia Sullivan, The Daily Times, Published August 11, 2007

The recently established Guadalupe State Quartet’s production of “The Drawer Boy” is a fine little treasure hidden deep in Ingram.

The play, written by Canadian playwright Michael Healey, is a study of relationship — the growing relationship of a young playwrighting student, Miles, and two aging farmers, Angus and Morgan; the relationship between those two lifelong friends and World War II veterans Morgan and Angus and their relationship with the past and Miles’ discovery of their secret.

Director Tony Gallucci has done a fine job pulling the entire production together. His set design, set decoration and art direction (there is a cow painted on stage right and it actually appears to move) adds a touch of realism to the countryside house and surrounding farm.

The action moves easily and expertly from short scene to scene, and his concept of the play’s meaning and poignancy is right on.

Veteran actors Charles Bryant as Miles, John Ruth as Angus and Jerry Mertz as Morgan form the trio of characters who are forced by circumstances to give up their privacy, and thus know one another more deeply and establish friendships.

This trio is well matched. Bryant’s portrayal of Miles is young and naive, energetic and impulsive. Ruth’s Angus is mentally slow due to a war injury, but his dedication to Morgan is fierce.

Ruth never relies on clichés; rather, he presents a unique person with a depth of perceptions and feelings. Yet he is unable to fit in to the pace and stress of everyday living. Mertz’ pivotal character, Morgan is strong yet compassionate, tender hearted but at times forced to appear cold and unflinching.

“The Drawer Boy,” which won the Canadian equalivent to the Tony Award for Best Play of 1999, is not without humor. The early scenes are quite funny as Miles attempts to adapt to farm life including hard work, animal husbandry and the intricacies of operating a John Deere tractor.

But mostly this is a play of friends protecting friends, even if it takes a lifetime, and even if it involves the deepest untruth.

The Ingram Warrior Theatre is an excellent venue for such a play. The small house seating allows for intimacy between performer and audience, enabling subtle nuances to maintain power and meaning. This is mature drama in respect to complexity of theme and understated subject, yet “The Drawer Boy” is suitable for all audiences. Good theater is good theater, and everyone should be exposed to the stories that touch the heart and surprise us a little.

Don’t miss this little gem hidden deep in Ingram, and you too, will discover the true meaning hidden in the title.

Claudia Sullivan is professor of theatre at Schreiner University.

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