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The Country Girl
This haunting play that is brilliantly brought to life by the talented cast and crew of TACT.
Mazzola has masterfully unleashed the talents of the entire cast.
The American Century Theatre has revived the complex drama ... with a stellar cast to bring to life one of Odet’s finest works.
The Arlington Connection
Steven Scott Mazzola is fortunate to have this wonderful cast to direct..raw, bracing, and powerful character portrayals with high complexity and emotional dexterity.
The Country Girl is a well-crafted drama that involves dependency, deception, lies, and loyalty. Artistic Director Jack Marshall’s choice of The Country Girl keeps to the American Century Theater’s commitment of “promoting 20th century theater as a vital part of our cultural dialogue.” The show is an intriguing portrait of human frailties and their consequences.
Maryland Theater Guide
[Brian] Crane ... is particularly adept at the sudden emotional twists and turns he faces as his alcoholic lies and deceitfulness come unraveled.
In the second act...Ms. Bradchulis ... increasingly in command, focused and hitting the emotional bulls-eye regularly....
D.C. Theatre Scene
American Century Theater's production scrupulously documents the curiosities of stage life...
Country Girl‘s interest lies mostly in the addiction issue and also in the play’s good parts for actors. The wiles and ways of addiction — alcoholism, in this case — provide manifold acting resources. This is where Mazzola’s production is truly engaging. Brian Crane gives an achingly detailed account of the washed-up actor, Frank Elgin. As Elgin, Crane is a scary mix of false good cheer, a mania for being liked, an unthinking flair for lies and a toxic mix of self-pity, blame shifting and irresponsibility.
Bradchulis goes beyond addiction-studies typology. She displays a nice mix of steeliness and tenderness...
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