Saturday, May 13, 2006

Clean

Miracle Theatre Group
May 12, 2006; closes June 3, 2006

An excitingly defiant, surprisingly romantic black comedy. Well-trafficked, crisp clip discovers generous humor that occasionally flattens dramatic nuance. How do fascinating-in-their-own-right subplots forward central thread? What’s role of Nuyorican culture? Of note: leading actor Kurt Conroyd’s growth; Paul McCullough’s rich, multidimensional lighting; Mark LaPierre’s pushy, plucky musical compositions, sound design.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

This show was AMAZING---Gustavito, Mercy and the Priest Make this show fly---a beautiful script with heartbreaking performances and crisp "clean" production values--Miracle theatre should be proud--this show is a winner and everyone should see it.

Molly said...

Something daring, for a change. Definitely worth seeing!

Anonymous said...

kurt conroys is absolutely HOT in this show. something about him is striking, and his little bathtub moment is brilliant.

siouxsie suarez said...

I had a wonderful opportunity to catch the matinee Opening Weekend during my visit from New York/New Jersey....and I was delightfully transported back to the East Coast for the afternoon.

The nuanced performances captured the essence of Nuyorican's that I get the pleasure of bumping into everyday. I found this script to be uncomfortable, touching, mesmerizing and humorous, where once again Olga and her team tackled it with ease.

Kudos to Mark Loring's set design (particularly the painting of faux marble on the floor) and Paul McCullough's lighting design.

Keep an open mind when you see this show and hopefully when you leave, some of you will have an open heart.

ba said...

It's very cool how Olga pulls everything together and somehow makes it stick. Good cast under a good eye.

Anonymous said...

Good strong show. Much has been made of the priest and 10-year-old boy (sensitively and cleanly handled by both playwright and cast), but that's less than half the story, really, which is about many varieties of love denied, strangled, and granted. All the actors were excellent, but I found myself especially startled to enjoy "Junior" (as written, and as played by Chase Fulton), an angry juvie I would depise outside the theater, and cross the street to avoid. Not a transcendant show, perhaps, or deeply moving for me, but solid and sure-footed. -- Quixel

Anonymous said...

I thought the script was a little bumpy, but it was well executed by the cast and by Olga. Kurt Conroyd is fantastic! Here's hoping we see much more of him on Portland stages very shortly.