A glowing review from the Gainesville Sun theatre critic Ron Cunningham highlights the efforts of the production team and compliments our illustrious cast:
That said, “The Peppermint King” is certainly the most … um … interesting production the ART has attempted in a while. A theatrical curiosity if you will.
And there are some performers especially worthy of note among the “Peppermint King’s” baker’s dozen cast.
Best of all is Shamrock McShane, who pulls out all the stops in his portrayal of the megalomaniac General Madgrass. “People say it takes courage to be a warrior,” McShane growls. Especially a warrior who likes to wear a skimpy black bra beneath his combat duds.
Almost as inspired is Gainesville performance artist Tom Miller — who essentially plays Gainesville performance artist Tom Miller. Miller’s frenetic mad-hatter king, Joe Projects, could not be more fittingly cartoonish. He jerks his head. He kicks up his heels. He cackles. “I like my death funny,” the despot king giggles.
Well who doesn’t?
Tonight is the preview / final dress of The Peppermint King by local playwright Darren Willis! The Acrosstown is very excited to present this innovative and beautiful play, featuring repertory members new and old. Check out our coverage in the Gainesville Sun’s Scene. An excerpt:
Willis, who came from New York five years ago, said the play is deeply influenced by his time in Gainesville. He says he wrote some characters to cater to the talent of local actors he knew and sprinkled in references to other Gainesville shows and local personalities.
“It has a homegrown feel,” he says.
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Check out another review of Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol by Gainesvillean Bobby Jones:
The chemistry between the two leads Tom Miller and George Steven O’Brien was so enchanting and engaging, it’s clear these guys have been on stage together before. I was taken aback several times by Tom’s masterful acting in a difficult and demanding role, wherein one second he is joyous and the next he is taking us all back to very painful and heart wrenching scenes, seemingly in the blink of an eye he’s pulled us into the memories that the character is experiencing, you can feel the same pain he is feeling all at once. There were several times where I was just lost in the joy of watching George play on stage, dancing around and fully embodying the idea of a spirit guide/conscience/haunt. The depth of drama and menace in some scenes was surprising and wonderful to watch.