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
AMERICAN BUFFALO By David Mamet.
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
The Birmingham News, Thursday, May 25, 2006
Alec Harvey, News staff writer
Birmingham’s City Equity Theatre is off to a good start. Or at least a realistic one.
The troupe – featuring actors and a director that are mostly members of Actors Equity Association – are in the middle of a run of David Mamet’s intense “American Buffalo,” a drama set in a junk store that features raw, adult language and some fighting between the characters. City Equity is performing the show in a storefront downtown, across from the Alabama Theatre on Third Avenue North.