Jeff Smith 3 p.m., March 27
Anita Bryant Died for Your Sins
Horace Poore lives in the Adirondacks, "where sound travels faster than enlightenment." He begins Brian Christopher Williams's comedy-drama at age 11 in 1969. He grows to realize he's in the closet, at home and in a world where Anita Bryant's anti-gay "Save Our Children" campaign holds sway. But during a too-long (and event-crammed) first act, and an emotionally rich second, Horace and his potentially dysfunctional family adapt and evolve. Although some cast members often rush their lines (including Dylan Hoffinger's otherwise enjoyable Horace), the Diversionary Theatre production captures the play's positive (and funny) spirit. Directed with a sure hand by Shana Wride, Don Pugh and Dana Hooley make a finely matched pair as Horace's explosive, seemingly intractable parents. Jacque Wilke and Tony Houck are hilarious in several roles, among them her Anita Bryant and his golden-wigged, honey-tongued evangelist. Valerie Henderson's costumes and Omar Ramos's soundtrack trace changes from the late '60s to 1977.
Worth a try.
When: Ongoing until Sunday, November 21, 2010
- Sundays, 2pm
- Thursdays, 7:30pm
- Fridays, 8pm
- Saturdays, 3pm & 8pm