Here it is almost midnight on Wednesday and I still have two promised reviews from last weekend to finish writing plus a show or two coming up this weekend, plus, you know, my fulltime day job and my life outside Indy Theatre Habit, so I am not going to be able to write a full review of the co-world premiere of Samuel D. Hunter’s “Norway” at the Phoenix Theatre.
Even though I loved it.
I will instead start a new practice for 2011 that I’m going to call “logging” (as opposed to “reviewing.”) For shows that I saw NOT on a media pass and for which I will not have time to write a full review, I will at least post the basic who-did-what from the show’s paper program so that it will be searchable here, plus I will copy whatever I happened to write about the show elsewhere (e.g. on Twitter.)
Here is what I tweeted the night I saw “Norway”:
And here is what I wrote about “Norway” in my comment to Lou Harry’s weekly “You Review It Monday” post in his Indiana Business Journal Arts & Entertainment blog the week after I saw the show:
Oh, my goodness, it is a heart-wrenching piece, beautifully performed! I agree with what you (Lou) said in your “Lou’s Views” review: this is “a trio of well-cast, truth-focused actors…” I felt privileged to be present in the room where they were doing their thing, and privileged to be getting such an honest, vulnerable look into the characters themselves.
Those three actors are Matthew Goodrich, playing a disturbed and confused young man named Andy; Scot Greenwell, playing his musically gifted friend and stalkee, Brent; and Daniel Scharbrough, playing Andy’s heart-broken, unintentionally abusive father. The story includes all kinds of thought-provoking stuff about sexuality, purpose, and religion.
There is only one more weekend (Thursday-Sunday) to see it here in Indianapolis and with this cast. Phoenix Theatre Box Office: 317-635-PLAY(7529).
And so that the basic info will be searchable here on Indy Theatre Habit later, here is who did what, copied from the paper program:
Producer: Bryan Fonseca
Director: Gordon McCall
Stage Manager: Amanda Lynn Meyer
Assistant Director: Kristine Lewis
Set Designer: James Gross
Technical Consultant, Piano Arrangements: Andrew Doerr
Lighting Designer: Nolan Brokamp
Costumes and Props: Ashley Kiefer
Technical Director: Nolan Brokamp
Sound Effects Recording: Phil Ingle
Additional Music Selections: Gordon McCall, Kristine Lewis
Light and Sound Operator: Cody Grady
Photographer: Julie Curry Photography
‘See you at the theatres!
(All photos above were taken by www.JulieCurryPhotography.com. In the middle photo, the actors are, left to right: Scot Greenwell, Matthew Goodrich, and Daniel Scharbrough.)