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Actors make the most of “Frankie and Johnny”

by Alec Harvey, The Birmingham News
June 3, 2009
City Equity Theatre at Virginia Samford Theatre through June 14
Review gets four out of five stars

Frankie and Johnny are scarred.

They’re lonely and ordinary and unsure of themselves, but most of all, they’re scarred — she by an abusive boyfriend and he by a failed marriage and a stint in prison.

Somehow, though, they find each other while working together at a New York diner. In “Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune,” we meet them on their first night together, filled with great sex and a slowly dawning revelation that they might be perfect for each other.

For Terrence McNally’s two-person play to work, you need two fine actors, and thankfully that’s what we get with City Equity Theatre’s production that opened Wednesday night.

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Luck of the Irish? Director, actors rely on skill, smarts in ‘Inishmaan’

Crew succeeds in unique comedy

By Mary Colurso
Birmingham News staff writer
May 21, 2007

“The Cripple of Inishmaan”
Presented by City Equity Theatre
Through June 3
Alabama School of Fine Arts
4 out of 5 stars

Two distinct types of comedy run through “The Cripple of Inishmaan,” a 1997 play by Martin McDonagh, performed here by City Equity Theatre.

First we have the traditional twinkle of a folk tale set in the Aran Islands, off the coast of Ireland.

But don’t go expecting leprechauns or a hidden pot of gold.  There’s a streak of gallows humor underlying McDonagh’s plot, darkening the storyline and rendering any joy bittersweet.

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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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