Bully! reviewed at Huntingdon College, Montgomery

by Michael Howley
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
City Equity Theatre/Birmingham at Huntingdon: “Bully”

Theodore Roosevelt was an extraordinary and multifaceted man: statesman, historian, conservationist as well as a hunter, author of over 30 books, devotee of physical fitness, foreign affairs mediator, Nobel Peace Prize winner, Harvard educated family man, and the 26th President of the United States. He had an extraordinary network of friends & aquaintances from ordinary citizens to celebrities and heads of state, and a forceful personality that sometimes aggravated others.

Those of us who were privileged to be in his company at Huntingdon College on Tuesday night, in the person of Birmingham actor Alan Gardner, were given a lot more than a history lesson. We were in the presence of a man whose sensibilities to the world around him in the early 20th Century still resonate today.

The two act play, written by Jerome Alden and directed by Alan Litsey, is called “Bully! An Adventure with Teddy Roosevelt” — and what a “bully” adventure it is. — For two hours, Mr. Gardner riveted the audience with an impressive catalogue of facts and historical detail delivered at an exhausting pace and with such verve and passion for his subject that simultaneously provoked analysis of the country and the world’s condition 100 years later.

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Alan Gardner a formidable Teddy Roosevelt in “Bully!”

by Alec Harvey, The Birmingham News
November 10, 2009

“Bully! An Adventure With Teddy Roosevelt”
City Equity Theatre at the Virginia Samford Theatre
Through Nov. 15

Review gets four out of five stars

Theodore Roosevelt was an interesting man — a politician, of course, but also an explorer, hunter, author, naturalist and any number of other things.

He died in 1919 at age 60, but Teddy Roosevelt is alive and well and holding court at the Virginia Samford Theatre in the guise of “Bully!,” a one-man show about the 26th president of the United States.

It’s Alan Gardner, co-founder of City Equity Theatre, which is presenting the show, who has the daunting task of portraying the larger-than-life Roosevelt, and he is more than up to the task. From the opening moments of “Bully!,” as Gardner bustles down an aisle and to the stage, we like him. Roosevelt is a great storyteller with magnificent stories to tell, whether they happened in the White House or in the wilds of Africa, and playwright Jerome Alden, director Alan Litsey and Gardner keep the action moving right along.

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The God of Hell reviewed in The Birmingham News

by Alec Harvey
The Birmingham News
July 19, 2008 

“The God of Hell”
City Equity Theatre
Through July 27
Review: four out of five stars

In its first three seasons, Birmingham’s City Equity Theatre has proven at least two things.

First, the troupe isn’t going to take the easy way out, opting for literate, challenging work rather than sure-fire box-office winners.

And second, they’re always going to do it with a high degree of quality.

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