By Tina Howe
Directed by Thomas Ward
Combine over forty eccentric characters, several bizarre pieces of modern art, and a nervous security guard. What do you get? A delightful and intelligent comedy about museum lovers and the artists they idolize. Tina Howe's award-winning play is the featured performance of this year's exciting Horton Foote American Playwrights Festival.
October 19-20, 23-24, 27 2007 at 7:30 p.m.
October 25 at 7 p.m.
October 21 and 28 2007 at 2 p.m.
|The Guard||Jeff Wisnoski|
|Michael Wall||Clayton Ellis|
|Annette Froebel||Brittany Howard|
|Mr. Hollingsford||Jon Mark Howeth|
|Elizabeth Sorrow||Jenny King|
|Peter Ziff||Kendall Foote|
|Maggie Snow||Elizabeth D. Cantrell|
|Bob Lamb||Camren Turner|
|Will Willard||Brandon Woolley|
|Fred Izumi||Clay Wheeler|
|Mira Zadal||Kara Kilmer|
|First Man in Passing||Phillip Rudy|
|Second Man in Passing||Trey Henry|
|Barbara Castle||Lindsey Christian|
|Barbara Zimmer||Natalie Baker|
|Mr. Gregory||Adam Garst|
|Mrs. Salt||Suzanne Tarta|
|Chloe Trapp||Liz Conly|
|Ada Bilditsky||Melissa Flower|
|Gilda Norris||Danielle Williams|
|Tink Solheim||Mary Laws|
|Kate Siv||Meredith Owens|
|Bill Plaid||Trey Jackson|
|Julie Jenkins||Marley Singletary|
|First Guard||Sam Hough|
|Second Guard||Joey Melcher|
|Steve Williams||Andrew Saenz|
|Mr. Moe||Harrison Ross|
|Mrs. Moe||Taylor Kulhanek|
Student Production Staff
|Stage Manager||Zach Krohn|
|Assistant Stage Manager||Lisa Chapa|
|Assistant Stage Manager||Hayley Rainer|
|Sound Designer||Dustin Chaffin|
Faculty Production Staff
|Set Designer||Bill Sherry|
|Technical Director||Mike Schmalz|
|Lighting Designer||Jessica Rapier|
|Make-up Designer||Adrienne Harper|
|Costume Designer||Sally Askins|
Baylor Theatre's "Museum" a witty, inventive slice of life
By Carl Hoover, Waco Tribune-Herald
October 22, 2007
Baylor Theatre's clever "Museum" presents a slice of museum life that cuts across art, artists, viewers, relationships and human nature.
That it does so with little plot, some 40 characters and largely overheard conversation pays tribute to its creator, New York playwright Tina Howe, this year's Horton Foote American Playwrights Festival honoree.
"Museum" represents an entertaining marriage of Howe's witty and remarkable script, Thomas Ward's perceptive direction and an ensemble effort from the Baylor theater department in both acting and production.
The play follows the final day in a modern art exhibit "The Broken Silence," whose artwork consists of a series of four solid white panels; seven sculptures crafted from animal bones; and a square metal clothes hanger from whose lines hang white human figures.
Audience members see the art up close for themselves as they walk to their seats through the onstage museum exhibit.
The museum's security guard (Jeff Wisnoski) begins his day with news that someone had machinegunned Botticelli's masterpiece, "Birth of Venus." That plants "Museum's" dramatic tension: Will one of the day's visitors damage the artwork?
What passes through the museum's white-walled and -pedestaled space is an amusing and entertaining cross-section:
art snobs more interested in impressing others than enjoying the works
amateur photographers who take the guard's request to get official permission before shooting as a personal affront
visitors who stumble into the wrong exhibit
a guide whose wordy, obtuse but enthusiastic explanations nonetheless draw listeners eager to understand what they're looking at
those who find modern art and their devotees just crazy
emotional reactions to the art, from weeping to laughter
those who need to take home something tangible from the show, whether wooden clothespins or an entire sculpture
Ward neatly stages the action to highlight whatever conversation is going on, punctuated with the occasional group action or interaction as well as periodic pauses with nothing but characters' viewing happening - a reminder about the basic act of looking that takes place in a museum.
Funny and clever in equal measure, "Museum" succeeds in large part because of the production's spot-on look: art work that could stand on its own in a gallery; the set's elegant, antiseptic sense; a piece's multimedia surprise that's truly enchanting; and costuming that signals something about their wearers through their details.
Add remarkably balanced acting from a cast of more than 40 and you have a lively, entertaining, far-from-static "Museum."
"Museum" continues its Baylor Theatre run through Oct. 28 with performances at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 24 and 27, 7 p.m. Oct. 25 and 2 p.m. Oct. 28.