Jeff Smith 11:38 a.m., Sept. 27
If you saw Father Damien de Vuester holding a cardboard, "please help" sign on a street corner, you'd probably walk swiftly past (with good reason, since his smelly cassock carried leprosy). Robert Smyth's admirable performance will invert your first impression. Damien, the resident priest at Molokai, Hawaii's the leper colony, was canonized for his caring and devotion. I've seen several versions and have watched Smyth grow as a storyteller. This version, by far his best, weaves an intricate text into a moving tale. Mike McKeon's set turns the Lamb's Players stage into an island. Costume wiz Jeanne Reith has only one outfit for the show, and makes Damien's grungy cassock every bit as off-putting as the original.
Worth a try.
When: Ongoing until Sunday, May 5, 2013
- Sundays, 2pm
- Tuesdays, 7:30pm
- Wednesdays, 7:30pm
- Thursdays, 7:30pm
- Fridays, 8pm
- Saturdays, 8pm
- Review: "Damien at Lamb's Players" (April 5, 2013)