Monthly Archive for: ‘December, 2019’
The West Coast Premiere of Mother of the Maid by Jane Anderson and Directed by Jasson Minadakis is by no means uplifting for the holiday season; however, by no means does that mean you should miss seeing the very fine acting of the Marin Theatre Company cast. Yes, the script is intense, and Director Jasson Minadakis brings out that intensity, keeping the audience riveted to this uneasy mother-daughter-Arc family relationship in 1412 France. You will appreciate and understand the historical significance of this story about Joan of Arc’s family and its complexities very early in the performance.
Outstanding performances deserving particular note are those of Sherman Fracher as Isabelle, the Mother of the Maid and Rosie Hallett as the Maid. There were fine supporting performances by Scott Coopwood (as Jacque, Father of the Maid); Brennan Pickman-Thoon (brother of the Maid); Robert Sicular (as Father Gilbert); and Liz Sklar (Lady of the Court).
Even though the dialogue was often difficult to hear at this performance (mics on all actors would be optimum), the storyline was easier to follow because of the Creative Team, including but not limited to the superb Scenic Design (by Sean Fanning), Scenic Artistry (by Olivia Carter and Jenny Yang); and excellent Carpentry (by Mike Ferrell), as well as the smooth mechanics of Set changes (electrical by Arashi Cesana, Gray DePol, Joshua Graves, Mel Ramirez, Siobhan Slater, Krys Swan, and Lissette Vega), with the wonderful work by Properties Artisans Rachel Hurado-Osburn and Liam Rudisill, the period Costuming (by Designer Sara Smith with Assistant Designer Victoria Mortimer), and the music (by Composer Chris Houston).
Graphic Designer: Jeff Berlin
Mother of the Maid remaining performances continue through December 15th, 2019: Tuesday through Saturday at 7:30pm and Matinees at 2:00pm on Saturdays and Sundays at the Boyer Theater, 397 Miller Avenue, Mill Valley. (There is a 15-minute intermission during the 2-hour performance.) Tickets can be purchased at the box office or online: https://www.marintheatre.org/productions/mother-of-the-maid#schedule-and-prices
By Elle Alexa Simon on behalf of Flora Lynn Isaacson, Critic, SFBA Theater Critics Circle
Coming up next at MTC will be the Bay Area Premiere of Noura by Heather Raffo and directed by Kate Bergstrom, opening January 9, 2020, and running through February 2nd.