Wednesday, December 8, 2021

WATCH NOW: With the determination to rip-off, ‘The Amateurs’ takes on God, the theater – and a pandemic

During the COVID stay-at-home order and the Overture Center’s prolonged closure during 2020-21, Forward Theater Company remained active – offering theater productions via Zoom, green-screen filming and filming on Overture without audiences Doing.

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A spectacle of “sin” is displayed in a performance of a 14th-century theater troupe in “The Amateurs”.


Kayla Wolf, State Journal


This summer the company presented a live monologue festival at Overture, and in September, after reopening the building to the public with strict vaccination and masking requirements, “Mom, how did you meet the Beatles?” Launched its current season with Drama. By Adrienne Kennedy and Adam P. Kennedy.

“I think every single production has been a step forward in this journey to produce live theater with a live audience,” said Forward artistic director Jane Apoff Gray, who also directed “The Amateur.”



Hollis and Henry Inn "amateur"

Henry (Kat Wodtke) grieves over his dying brother Henry (Tie Fanning) in “The Amateurs,” a play that provides additional resonance during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Kayla Wolf, State Journal


“But there is no doubt that this particular project is particularly meaningful to all of us working on it – because at first, (‘The Amateur’) was our ‘Covid casualty’ drama,” she said. “This team of actors is the team that went through those early days of, ‘What’s happening?,’ ‘What’s going to happen?’ – All that uncertainty.”



Matt Daniels as Larking (playing God)

Larking (Matt Daniels) played God in more ways than one as director of a 14th-century theater troupe in “The Amateurs” at the Playhouse Theater until November 21.


Kayla Wolf, State Journal


“Then there’s added resonance because the play is about a troupe of theater makers trying to figure out how to tell stories and the importance of telling stories as they overtake a pandemic,” He continued. “Knowing what we’re all going through collectively is going to change it — and how audiences see it.”

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