Cold Productions and The Storm Theatre

In association with

Grendelmouse & Co.

And

Chance Michaels

Presents

 

ANNA CHRISTIE

By EUGENE O’NEILL

 

 

Anna On 46th

 

Based on the September 6 through 28, 2002 run at The Storm Theatre

 

Directed by MARY CATHERINE BURKE

Set Design ASAKI ODA

Lighting Design KJ HARDY

Costume Design KIRCHE LEIGH ZEILE

Sound Design RYAN TILKE

Stage Manager LINDSEY COLE

 

Cast

(in order of appearance )

"Johnny-the-Priest"........................................Barry J. Hirsch

Longshoreman #1...............................................Ben Upham

Longshoreman #2................................….......Duncan Nutter

The Postman......................................................Craig Rising

Larry......................................................................Bill Dealy

Chris Christopherson...........................................Dale Fuller

Marthy Owen............................................Rebecca Hoodwin

Anna Christopherson....................................Caroline Strong

Mat Burke......................................................William Peden

 

Eugene O’Neill’s ANNA CHRISTIE has arrived on the New York shores once again, and will be spending a few plucky weeks at The Studio Theatre on 46 St.  A dame in the most theatrical sense, O’Neill’s troubled Anna Christopherson is both a character beyond time and of her times.

 

Anna is at once universal and specific.  She is a type, but she is complex.  She is a caricature, a child, a wanton woman and a lost little girl.  She is many things, but is she real?  In this production, she is a hard character to get a hold of.  Caroline Strong plays her almost as a borderline personality.  She is hot and hot-tempered, or she’s a cold cookie.  There is very little middle-ground, probably by design, but the transitions do not always feel natural.

 

That said, the production as a whole moves along steadily and smoothly.  The ensemble cast play their roles with vigor and enthusiasm, and their respect for the work shows.  Dale Fuller is appropriately pathetic as Anna’s sea-wary father, Chris, and William Peden full of the self-aggrandizing bravado the role of Mat calls for.

 

Overall, this production of ANNA CHRISTIE is respectable.  If you’ve never seen it staged, this is a great opportunity to experience Eugene O’Neill in living motion.

 

- Kessa De Santis -

 

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