Taproot is off to an incredible season. Only two months ago, they opened their new theatre doors to the public after recovering from arson. Each new play has brough incredible surprises. The Great Divorce brought great depth and new costumes. Brooklyn Boy shows new use of stage. They have a new way of using their stage. You have to see how incredible they are able to move the walls and stage to change scenes with ease.
As for Brooklyn Boy, there are times in our life when nothing turns out like we expected.
Brooklyn Boy opened at Taproot Theatre last night. Some plays are simply respites from the day to day durge. Some inspire us to be better. Brooklyn Boy gives us insight into who we are and helps us appreciate things a bit more.
Jeff Berryman did an marvelous job of walking us into the world of Eric Weiss, a man who grew up in Brooklyn sometimes after WWII. His father, played by Bob Gallaher, was the spitting image of a slimmed down Rodney Dangerfield. Just watching the interplay of these two men explained so much of two complete generations – not only was the writing terrific, but the acting was superb.
Probably my biggest surprise of the night was newcomer Nicholas Beach. He is new to the Taproot Stage, but he was fantastic. His energy and quality bode well for his career.
Alex Robertson, who last played Clarence in December with Taproot brought new moments of depth and seriousness. His ability to work with voices is fantastic. Jesse Notehelfer has an unusual role, as a would-be seductress. Lisa Peretti plays the wife who wants a divorce. She brings the maturity needed to pull this conflicting role off – and I noticed in the program that she has a debut album coming out this Spring!
This play will answer questions of your heart and strengthen the resolution of your mind. I think you will really enjoy an evening with this Taproot play.
You can learn more, and purchase tickets at Taproottheatre.org