NTC Presents a Light and Entertaining


This script is a study in the Monday-through-Friday workplace of personal interactions and relationships (conflicts and shared confidences) among 5 female tellers behind-the-scenes in the female-employee break room.

No ingénue or leading man in this cast, but Lorene, as Head Teller of the Bank in which this play is centered, was an excellent “character” role for Hande Gökbas.   In this small-town Southern setting, Twyla opens her heart about her recent divorce (soulfully-played by Janelle Ponte).  Jenny, the most innocent and vulnerable character, was perfectly portrayed by Lindsay John.

Those were the 3 standouts; however, Dolores (maturely and dramatically-played by Sandi V. Weldon) and Betina (a vulgar sleep-around on a sugar-high– well-played by Jayme Catalano) were appropriately strong in their roles, with no detectable type-casting. There was some overacting, and the Southern drawl dialogue required careful listening; however, the performances rewarded the audience with Southern directness and humor (also telling the audience the difference between a Southern woman’s “life-plan” and a Southern man’s “life-plan”).

Director Anna Smith, did well to bring a fast-paced 2 hours to the audience with the entertaining, light script, written by Mark Dunn she had to interpret through her ensemble cast.

Except for wearing jeans to a bank-teller job, the other costumes and the hairstyles were perfectly designed by Adrianna O’Day for each character.

Familiar Western music nicely set the tone of each scene. The rain sound effect (by Sound Designer Mia Glenn-Schuster) was excellent, and the rain-soaked characters added nuanced interest to the scenes.

The breakroom set was perfectly designed for this script (by Michael Walraven), with coffee (and beer) bar, table and chairs, rest room door (cleverly used to get a character briefly out of the action), and large window showing the ivy trellis and rainy weather. The stage management (by Diane Pickell-Gore) was excellent, and the lighting was perfect, as designed by Brigid Tillotson – focusing on the semi-dark rainy day outside the window and, at the same time, the brightly lighted break room to stimulate conversation.

House management at Novato Theater Company Playhouse is very well organized, and Candace Brown could not possibly do more to make everything run smoothly – whether she is doubling as greeter and cashier or ushering guests into the House, once it was open for seating, or double-checking to make sure the headsets were correctly picking up the dialogue. Kudos, Candace.

By Elle Alexa Simon, Student of Flora Lynn Isaacson, San Francisco Bay Area Critics Circle

Production Photographer Fred Deneau

FIVE TELLERS DANCING IN THE RAIN opened May 24 and runs through June 10, 2018.  Remaining Performances: Friday, June 8; Saturday, June 9 at 8:00 p.m.; and Sunday, June 10 at 2:00p.

Order tickets online  www.NovatoTheaterCompany.org up to two hours before performance times (print out your ticket from the confirmation email).  If you are unable to print out your ticket, your name will be on a list at the Box Office at your scheduled time. The Box Office opens at 7:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday; and at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday.

NTC is easily found – with plenty of parking – at 5420 Nave Drive, Novato 94949, off 101N.

Congratulations to NTC on another great season of entertainment!

 Coming up next at NTC, and opening the 2018-2019 Season September 7 through 30, 2018, will be A Chorus Line, the musical written by Marvin Hamlisch and Edward Kleban, directed at NTC by Marilyn Izdebski.