....Trent Dawson and Eric Sheffer Stevens are excellent as upstart members, one middle class and one upper class, of the ascendant generation.
from the Washington Post
by Peter Marks
published: October 10, 2003
Passion Overwhelms Art In Caldwell's The Countess
March 7, 2003|By Tane Soeldner-Danger Hollywood Hills High
The Caldwell Theatere's current production of The Countess probes the failing marriage of art lecturer John Ruskin (Brian Quirk) and his quaint and candid wife Effie (Lanie MacEwan). The bulk of the play occurs during a four-week vacation the two spend in the Scottish Highlands with the company of Ruskin's painting protege, John Everett Millais (Eric Sheffer Stevens). The trip is meant to solidify the friendship of Ruskin and Stevens. Instead, however, the attentions of Effie end up pitting the two against one another.
MacEwan and Stevens, in their roles as forbidden lovers, are the inarguable stars of this performance. Both commit totally to their characters and have unbelievable chemistry. Quirk is less memorable, and his character's occasional emotional outbursts seem too sudden and forced to be real.
October 3 until November 2
Character: Joey Percival
Playwright: George Bernard Shaw
Director: Irene Lewis
Theater Company: Baltimore Center Stage
Character: John Everett Millais
Playwright: Gregory Murphy
Director: Michael Hall
Caldwell Theater Company
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