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YANKEE TAVERN Review

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Becca Howell, Ted J. Weil and Kyle Parker Daniels. Photo by Kristy Rucker

YANKEE TAVERN presented by the Falcon Theatre through Oct. 13. Click here for a synopsis and more information on the production. I attended the opening night performance.

Falcon Theatre kicks off its 2018-19 season with Steven Deitz’s 9/11 conspiracy thriller, YANKEE TAVERN.

The set, designed by director Tracy M. Schoster, immediately places the audience in a small, hole-in-the-wall bar in New York City. The design works well for the space and I was surprised to find that the floor had been painted rather than tiled.

Producing Artistic Director Ted Weil turns in a strong performance as Ray, the mostly homeless friend of the owner and avid conspiracy theorist. Disheveled, bushy, and bug-eyed, Weil handles the dense dialogue well and even surprises himself with his dart throwing skills.

As Janet, the fiancee to inherited bar owner Adam, Becca Howell brings a natural, almost nurturing quality to the role. Her relationships with the three men in the bar are believable and her affection for both Ray and Adam is nicely played.

Kyle Parker Daniels does well as Adam. Physically I’d like to see a bit more energy brought to the character. Since he understandably spends much stage time behind the bar he tends disappear into the set periodically.

In the pivotal role of Palmer, I would like to see Terry Gosdin make some stronger character choices overall and specifically a bigger turn in the character from Act I to Act 2. There just isn’t an edge to Palmer that is needed to sell the confrontation with Janet.

The only issue I had with the costuming has to do with Ray. Suit aside, his clothing doesn’t read as used/thread bare/mis-matched as one might expect. The sound effects of the outside world worked well when the door to the tavern was opened, but seemed to completely disappear when the door was shut. A passing siren or some other loud, brief noise from outside a few times during the acts may have helped keep that atmosphere alive.

Overall, a solid production that is smartly directed, but a bit uneven in its performances.

My rating: 4.25 out of 5.

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Cast Announced for BASKERVILLE at Falcon Theatre

FT_logoAnother stellar lineup is coming your way! The cast of BASKERVILLE has officially been announced.

  • Sherlock Holmes- Rory Sheridan
  • Dr. Watson- Alan Kootsher
  • Various- Dan Robertson
  • Various- Mia Vera
  • Various- Nick DeNuzio
  • Various- Jordan Trovillion 

Directed by Derek Snow, performances run May 3-18.

For more information visit www.falcontheater.net

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Cast Announced for THE LION IN WINTER at Falcon Theatre

FT_logoThe cast of The Lion in Winter has officially been announced!

  • Henry – Allen R. Middleton
  • Eleanor – Tracy M. Schoster
  • Richard – Greg Mallios
  • Geoffrey – Jared Earland
  • John – Clay Winstead
  • Alais – Lexi Risby
  • Phillip – Dan Robertson

Performances run March 22-April 6.

For more information visit www.falcontheater.net

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YANKEE TAVERN Runs Sept. 28-Oct. 13

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Becca Howell, Ted J Weil, Terry Godsin and Kyle Daniels. Photo by Kristy Rucker.

YANKEE TAVERN
Falcon Theatre
Sept. 28-Oct. 13
[Newport]

Directed by Tracy M. Schoster

Cast: Kyle Daniels as Adam, Becca Howell as Janet, Ted J. Weil as Ray & Terry Gosdin as Palmer

Just when you thought you’d heard every crazy 9/11 conspiracy theory, a stranger walks into the Yankee Tavern. There, inside the walls of this crumbling New York tavern, a young couple finds themselves caught up in what might be the biggest conspiracy of all. Steven Dietz’s acclaimed and already widely produced dramatic thriller, a selection of the National New Play Network’s Continued Life Projectis a fierce, funny, and ultimately mind-bending work of theatrical power that grips you until the final word. What you don’t know can hurt you.

  • Fri-Sat, Sept. 28-29 at 8pm
  • Thu-Sat, Oct. 4-6 at 8pm
  • Thu-Sat, Oct. 11-13 at 8pm

Official page | Press release

 

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Falcon Theatre to Kick Off 2018-19 Season with YANKEE TAVERN

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Becca Howell, Ted J Weil, Terry Godsin and Kyle Daniels. Photo by Kristy Rucker.

“Just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean they’re not after you,” wrote Joseph Heller in his 1961 novel Catch-22.

Whether we Americans, as a lot, are paranoid is debatable. What’s not debatable is that we have an affinity for–if not an an outright obsession with–conspiracies and conspiracy theories. But why? Why, after more than fifty years, can so many among us still refuse to accept official accounts of the JFK assassination? That the moon landing was real? That Elvis didn’t fake his own death?

Falcon Theatre will open its 2018-19 season with Steven Dietz’s conspiracy-grounded thriller YANKEE TAVERN. Set five years after the events of September 11, 2001, the play uses the mother of all conspiracy theories as the conceit for a powerful and frightening drama that confronts our search for closure through endless tall tales.

Director Tracy M. Schoster wants audiences to know that while 9/11 serves as the backdrop for YANKEE TAVERN, it is not a story about 9/11. “At their base, conspiracy theories appeal to our need for a feeling of control in a world that is spinning out of control,” says Ms. Schoster. “We humans hate randomness and the arbitrary occurrences that can devastate our lives. If we have something to point to…to blame…the acceptance of these occurrences becomes easier.”

“The play’s four characters have all suffered loss, something out of their control, directly or indirectly related to 9/11…a father, a best friend, a lover, a way of life,” says Ms. Schoster. “And, rather than believing the hard reality right in front of them, they choose the easier road of conspiracy…to regain control via an explanation of the random event. It’s how they choose to focus that control that produces the consequences that drive the action of the play.”

The Miami Herald says that YANKEE TAVERN “isn’t really about what did or didn’t happen; it’s about the agony of uncertainty.” The Palm Beach New Times says that the play is “a helluva show. You’ll be scared by the intimations of Act One; you’ll be moved by the awful events of Act Two. And when the terrible day is discussed, you will hear the millennium’s fresh ghosts rattling through the walls of the theater…and feel their unhappy gaze beaming from the tavern’s smudged, stained-glass windows.”

The Falcon production features Kyle Daniels as Adam, Becca Howell as Janet, Ted J. Weil as Ray, and Terry Gosdin as Palmer.

Performances are at 8 PM on September 28 and 29 and on October 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, and 13. Tickets prices are $25 for adults and $15 for students with ID. Patrons enjoy a $5 discount for Thursday performances. Visit falcontheater.net to reserve seats.

Falcon Theatre is located at 636 Monmouth Street in the heart of the Monmouth Street Historic District of Newport, Kentucky.

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