Friday, November 30, 2007

Doing Time - The Coast review

It appears that we're a hit! All credit to Mac for coming up with a great story, and three great actors - Nick, Kris and Christina - for making it come alive.

Paul Kimball

Make Time for a Great Play
Semaphore Theatre Company's sci-fi hit
by Kate Watson
November 30, 2007 09:27 AM
[Original article here]

Time is running out to see Doing Time, a highly entertaining mystery based on a sci-fi short story by Kansas City author Mac Tonnies and adapted by the play's director Paul Kimball. It is staged in the tiny basement room of the Wired Monk Coffee Shop, which makes for a surprisingly effective space for this particular play.

The story is classic sci-fi, but you don't have to be a fan of the genre to enjoy Doing Time.

Three terrific actors elevate this play to must-see status. Kris Lee McBride anchors the work with an entirely convincing performance as the prisoner Leda. Christina Cuffari is controlled without being stiff, and does a fine job of showing the warmth beneath her character's frosty exterior. Nick Lachance is charming and funny and injects the last part of the show with a great energy.

In a season that has already had a banner crop of shows, Doing Time still manages to stand out.

Doing Time runs until Dec. 1st at the Wired Monk, corner of Hollis and Morris, at 7:30. Tickets are $8, $6 for students.


Greg Bishop said...

Either everything else in Halifax live theatre really sucks ass, or you're a genuine hit. Knowing the both of you, I tend to think the latter.

Congrats again!


Dustin said...

Major kudos to each of you. Sounds like a lot of fun.

Alfred Lehmberg said...

Few *critics* risk an accolade, even one they genuinely feel. Cowardice locks them into magnifying flaws and inflating mistakes, eh?

But hey, we shouldn't discard, out of hand, everything else in the area sucking, just to be fair. ha
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