DEAR JANE - A lifetime of joy, sorrow & redemption - A REVIEW

 

New York: July 26th, playwright Joan Beber, premiered her newest play DEAR JANE. directed by Katrin Hilbe with choreography by Wendy Seyb.

Set in an NYC rehearsal room, DEAR JANE journeys into the life of a passionate artist, Julie, who explores the many divergent paths of her past. From her fractured relationship with her identical twin Jane, to love affairs, questionable parenting skills, and her time as a political activist -- she strives for something beyond our boundaries, reaching for art as the ultimate expression of meaning.

Amanda Rose & Jenny Piersol - Photo Credit: Russ Rowland

Relationships are complicated. Having 2 twin friends, one who passed away and one named Jane really put me in the thick of their lives.

This show is based on relationships (good and bad) between twins.  Jane has passed away prior to the beginning of this production;  this show is based on Joan Beber's life as she reflects her life as a twin, mother, friend, wife, artist and painter.

Cast of Dear Jane - Photo Credit: Russ Rowland

This show is in flashbacks for the entire production.  Therefore, sister Jane is a large part of the past as we see the years from teenager to grandmother come alive on stage.

I must take this time to say how impressed I was with the entire cast.  This is not an easy production for these actors.  At some point, they all play multiple parts and do it beautifully.  This small group of professionals slip in and out of character flawlessly to allow the timelines to merge.

Jenny Piersol & John Kovach (as deathrow inmate Tommy Thompson - Photo Credit: Russ Rowland

The cast includes Jenny Piersol (National Tour: South Pacific), Amanda Rose (Broadway: Holiday Inn. National Tour:  Wicked), Santina Umbach (Broadway: Mamma Mia), Brandon Timmons (Regional: Young Frankenstein, The Music Man), Holly Cinnamon (Regional: Into the Woods, A Christmas Carols), Jon Kovacs (TV:” Little House on the Prairie”),and Michael Romeo Ruocco (NY: The Underclassmen)

 

Jenny Piersol as Julie - Photo Credit: Russ Rowland

Creative team includes John McDermott (Scenic Design), Gertjan Houben (Lighting and Projection Design), Lara De Bruijn (Costume Design), Andy Evan Cohen (Sound Design), Giles T. Home (Production Stage Manager), Stephanie Klapper Casting (Casting) and Perry Street Theatricals (General Management). DEAR JANE is being presented by Undercover Productions.

 

Jenny Piersol & Michael Romeo Ruocco - Photo Credit: Russ Rowland

JOAN BEBER (Playwright) has worked primarily as a visual artist in her early career, experimenting with painting, performance, installation art & poetry. While raising four daughters, she exhibited her work in San Diego County. Her one person shows included The UCSD Annex Gallery, The Jewish Community Center Gallery & The Art Institute in Balboa Park. Having graduated from Northwestern University with a BA in English Literature many years earlier, Joan spent ten years in UCSD's Concurrent Enrollment Program to prepare for graduate school. After three years of commuting from San Diego & competing with younger students, she received her MFA at age sixty-seven from USC. Hunger: In Bed with Roy Cohn, written at seventy-three, was her first produced play in Los Angeles and a world premiere. At the risk of his career as an attorney, Joan's father tried to exonerate Ethel in the early 50s.

Cast of Dear Jane - Photo Credit: Russ Rowland

 

 

Theatre Row’s Clurman Theatre is located at 410 West 42nd Street

 

Performance schedule:

Tuesday – Thursday at 7:30 pm; Friday at 8pm; Saturday at 3 pm & 8 pm; Sunday at 3 pm

 Tickets are $55-65 and can be purchased by visiting www.Telecharge.com

For more information www.DearJaneThePlay.com

Please note:  This show is in limited run until August 18th. 

 

 

 

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