Production Photos, and Our First Reviews!
Okay so we're off and running -- we had our opening yesterday (which went wonderfully!) and the cast and crew celebrated at a little Irish pub not far from our theater where about 30 of us toasted you, our Kickstarter backers! (bet you were feeling thirsty for a pint around 6 yesterday, weren't you?)
We're slammed with all kinds of work to be done, but I wanted to get you some photos of the production and some clips from our first reviews which have been good!
Curtain Up said, "The small-town simplicity of The Bus packs a wallop!" Here's more: “By the end of this production, some in the audience were teary-eyed and most were touched because this little play is not really so little at all, dealing as it does with weighty subjects: a struggle of teenage boys trapped between the most influential church in town, their own passions, and a struggling gas station. … Simplicity does not mean simple. The small-town simplicity of The Bus packs a wallop that is worth your time, whatever your beliefs.”
Theater Mania called The Bus "Highly charged!" and went on to say: “There aren’t a lot of places gay teenagers Jordan (Bryan Fitzgerald) and Ian (Will Roland) can go in their small middle-American town without being discovered. And the one refuge that they have found becomes a battleground in James Lantz’s quietly affecting play, The Bus. … Fitzgerald delivers a terrific performance, with subtle shadings of emotion that flash across his face at key moments. … Mitchell finds the right balance between aggression and reserve in his portrayal, and is particularly good in the play’s final scene, wherein Harry unfolds a revelation that makes his motivations within the play much clearer. Robert Nuner does fine work as Sloat, Harry’s assistant, who becomes increasingly worried about his employer’s behavior.”
Capital New York said, "There's something wonderful to see here!" and goes on to say, "Julia Lawler is compelling in a variety of small parts, including a young girl who serves as the play’s narrator. … Bryan Fitzgerald seems absolutely real, entirely believable as gay teenager Jordan. He is bold and frisky during the romantic scenes, shy and self-doubting in the scenes at school, and terrified and self-effacing in the scenes where he faces the town’s judgmental adults.”
Here are some photos from our production -- enjoy! Jim
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