Live theatre in Oakland
Live theatre Piedmont
Live theater in Oakland
Live theater Piedmont
Piedmont Avenue Repertory Theatre
Piedmont Oakland Repertory Theatre
Sit in our Brand New Comfortable Chairs!
--Lots of laughs, lots of emotions--
It’s July, 1945,
We are still at war with Japan
Husbands and dads are in the Pacific,
It's a hot summer, one month before
the world changes forever.
Teenage Charlie is summering
with his mother and sister
at their cottage on Lake Erie.
He's caught between new Bohemian art teacher
and his straight-laced privileged-class mom, the girl who treats him like a little brother, his sarcastic sister, and his best friend and rival.
But before the summer ends,
Charlie will "realize his potential"!
Rosie Fry, Melanie Marshall, Brett Mermer,
Alison Whismore, Susannah Wood, Nathan Zabala,
and Cameron Dodd as "Charlie."
Directed by John A. McMullen II
Contra Costa Times
“Once the show begins, the tension between mother and son builds nicely as Charlie (well portrayed by Cameron Dodd) struggles to become his own man…. Alison Whismore in a nicely nuanced performance, however, couldn't be better as the distraught mother. Adding several levels to her performance, Whismore is a joy to watch….Melanie Marshall also gives a solid performance as the long-suffering sister...Director John McMullen wisely chose to use minimal set pieces, which keeps the action moving at a good clip….Add in two teen pals(Nathan Zabala and Rosie Fry) and a bit of sexual tension, and you have a coming-of-age drama with plenty of grit.”
“The PORT production has both charm and pith…with a neat ensemble for the often quick scenes with sharp dialogue. Susannah Wood's performance (as the “Pig Woman”) is a high point.
director John McMullen chooses an excellent alternative to what's become by now an old cliché, playing recorded music of a not-so-long bygone era before a show and during the intermission. Instead, Elizabeth Jane introduces and sings well several songs from the times, songs that figure in the play, though there just as a line quoted, a verse thrown back and forth: "Straighten Up & Fly Right," "Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree" and so on. A nice touch.
It's a fine Fall entertainment—and hopefully PORT has a long run of its own on Piedmont Avenue."
--Ken Bullock, Berkeley Daily Planet
A.R. Gurney's latest and most compelling sojourn into the discreet heart of America's leisure class—the world which he has continued to expose with fondness, wit and biting accuracy." —Other Stages.
"The play is warm, touching and humorous, with something to say about the conflict between materialism and idealism which is so basic to the American dream." —The Stage (London).
"Bravo to all and particularly a bravo to that new sage and chronicler of the American white middle class, Gurney." —NY Post.