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‘Storefront Church’ at Theatrical Outfit
Extended through May 3

2015 April 14
Clayton Landey and Joe Knezevich; Photo: BreeAnne Clowdus

Clayton Landey and Joe Knezevich; Photo: BreeAnne Clowdus

As of 4/15, the show has been extended another week and will run through May 3.

Pulitzer prize-winning author John Patrick Shanley’s “Storefront Church” is playing at Theatrical Outfit and features a fantastic cast of actors. The script, however, is not so good. Arguments tend to drag on too long, and Shanley’s attempt at making us wonder who really is right and who is wrong is reminiscent of “Doubt: A Parable” and feels contrived here.

Shanley, who won numerous awards for “Doubt”and an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for “Moonstruck,” seems to have looked back in time for inspiration, trying to confuse the audience once again as to who the real protagonists and antagonists are. I’m not moved that an older couple may lose their home. I like watching them fight for what they believe is theirs, but I’m not moved like I’d like to be. However, the couple sitting next to me was moved, in a way. After intermission they never returned for the second half of the show.

With actors who do a wonderful job, it’s a shame I don’t care about their characters. Well, maybe I feel a little bit for Reed Van Druyten (Joe Knezevich), the poor man who has been shot in the face when I hear his back story. Knezevich plays him so well.  All the actors do a great job. I look forward to seeing them again in a better play.

Directed by David de Vries, “Storefront Church” runs at Theatrical Outfit through May 3.

Cast:

Jessie Cortez . . . . . . . . Donna Briscoe
Tom Raidenberg . . . . . . . . Tom Key
Ethan Goldklang . . . . . . . . Clayton Landey
Chester Kimmich . . . . . . . . E. Roger Mitchell
Donaldo Calderon . . . . . . . . Anthony Rodriguez

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  1. Fran Kaplan permalink
    April 15, 2015

    Totally agree. We’ve had a string of not great theater experiences in our recent past (at several venues), and had high hopes for this production. The script was not exactly “Doubt,” though I don’t suppose most playwrights can produce multiple Pulitzer Prize winners, but it was so far from that engrossing piece to be very disappointing. We were, however, extremely taken with this excellent cast and wished they had better material. We’ll return to try Theatrical Outfit in the future on the strength of the acting.

    Also, wish the box office had been a little more thoughtful in our seating placement. We bought through Goldstar and realize that you don’t always get prime seating with their discount, but this was a very sparse audience and there was no need for them to put us up against the wall as far from the stage as possible in the first row. We were actually facing a wall and would have had to turn sideways to see the stage if we hadn’t just moved our seats.

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