Sunday, January 13, 2013

                               Mrs. Mannerly
                                 Miners Alley Playhouse: 1/11 – 2/17
                Left to right: Chris Bleau, Erica Lee Johnson and Deborah Curtis

       “Mrs. Mannerly” is a memory play about an etiquette class in which ten-year-old (playwright)  Jeffrey Hatcher was enrolled. In it we get to experience the hilarious autobiographical glimpses of an artist’s early life unlike anything since Federico Fellini’s screenplay for “Amarcord.”

     Deborah Curtis is smashing as the lady who runs the etiquette class. Whether commandeering a crew of youthful misfits, drunkenly revealing her past or fading into the older Jeffrey Hatch’s scrapbook, this lady shines.

     Chris Bleau is an ideal casting choice for the boyish Hatcher. His fresh faced good looks bespeak perennial youth. Bleau’s instincts are refreshingly on target in this role and his comic timing spot on.

     Erica Lee Johnson plays all the rest of the young Hatcher’s classmates with a chameleon-like virtuosity that is astounding to behold. Each and all of these characters come to vibrant life with just the addition of a pair of glasses or a hat.

     Richard H. Pegg is at the top of his directorial game with his work on this production.
His overseeing of all aspects thereof includes  an especially well executed lighting design by Karalyn ‘Star’ Pytel .

Chris Bleau and Deborah Curtis

     Bright humor abounds throughout.  The only thing missing on opening night was a true sense of pathos when the memory of Miss Mannerly fades out at final curtain.  Mr. Hatcher's writing is centered more on his journey of being the class good boy than  the relationship between the teacher and the boy. 

Miners Alley Playhouse presents

"Mrs. Mannerly"
A comic tale reveals truths about the face we present and our real selves.
Jan 11 – Feb 17
Fri. and Sat. @ 7:30 p.m. and Sun @ 6 p.m. (2 p.m. on Feb. 17)
$19.00 - $29.50; senior, student and group rates available.
303-935-3044 or online at
Miners Alley Playhouse, 1224 Washington Avenue (13th and Washington 2nd floor entrance on 13th) in Golden, CO.

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