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Country Girl Review

I'm already somewhat of a fan of Odets' work, so this review may come off as a bit biased, but I shall try to make it that way. This play is about playing in a play and all the hardships that come with it. Any person that has ever acted, produced, stage managed, etc. will like watching this play. One of the neat things about this show is its interesting use of the stage curtain that moves between scenes. That was a great choice. The set looks like it was reused from the Jacobs' previous play, Rock & Roll, just repainted and refitted for this play. Morgan Freeman was an odd casting choice. I don't know if the character was meant to be black or not, but it adds a whole other layer of race and biracial marriage into the piece. Seeing as the how the play takes place in the 1950s, I'm wondering if this is an accurate portrayal of the time. The show itself was surprisingly good, and the twist at the end I did not expect. Running at a little over 2 hours, this is a nice thing to see if you have a couple hours to kill.

4 out of 5.


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May. 27th, 2008 08:41 pm (UTC)
I read the play when I was at the Academy of Dramatic arts and two classmates did a scene from it. Cliff Odets is pretty good. Try reading The Golden Boy. There's a line in the play that reminds me of the trustfund babies that are around today: "When I was born I was a butterfly. Butterflies don't work!"

Yeah...that reminds me of Trustfundia...where all the wannabe hipsters and kids from other states live and never pay rent...
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