Small theater makes big impact with ‘Someone’

By Pamela Morse
For The Birmingham News

Good theater takes you to a place you’ve never been. Great theater takes you to a place place you’d never want to go, and makes you glad you went there. That’s what makes Frank McGuinness’s “Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me” a great play.

A concrete room in Beirut where three men remain chained to a wall, captive in some unseen war, is clearly a place nobody would want to be. But when the third act finally wraps up, you’ll thank McGuinness for the long and arduous trip.

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City Equity Theatre Hits the Stage

Local actors Jonathan Fuller and Alan Gardner are creating some serious drama in town.
By Christina Crowe
June 01, 2006

“Singing in the Rain” and “Summer Lovin’” may be catchy tunes, but Birmingham needs an injection of more serious, thought-provoking theatre. At least that’s the opinion expressed by local actors Alan Gardner and Jonathan Fuller, founders of the city’s newest theatre. City Equity Theatre is dedicated to providing union or “Equity” actors a place to practice and enhance their skills onstage. In May it set up shop downtown in a new costume co-op on Third Avenue North. Continue reading

News, Reviews

American Buffalo reviewed for The Mamet Review

City Equity Theatre, Birmingham, Alabama. 27 May 2006.
William Hutchings, Ph.D. University of Alabama at Birmingham

Seldom if ever has a production of American Buffalo had more verisimilitude than in its three-weekend run in late May and early June in downtown Birmingham, Alabama. As they entered the street-front storefront venue known as The Playhouse in the northern part of the inner city area, playgoers might readily believe they were entering an actual junk shop. The space, routinely used for storage of props by several theatre companies which also make them available for rent, was cluttered with signs, curios, and not-quite-collectibles. Almost a dozen crowded circular racks of women’s formalwear, obviously not quite new and sorted by color, had been shoved out of the way to clear a space for three rows of seating around an elevated acting area. Continue reading