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Reviews of "Barefoot in the Park" by Patrons [Oct. 2013]
Production: Barefoot in the Park
What date did you attend?: October 19
Rank the Acting: 4 = Above Average
Rank the Quality of Direction: 4 = Above Average
Rank the Set Appearance: 4 = Above Average
Rank the Costuming: 4 = Above Average
Rank the Stage Lighting: 4 = Above Average
Rank the Use of Stage Sounds: 4 = Above Average
Are you a current WCP subscriber?: NO
Would you return to WCP?: YES
Would you recommend WCP to others?: YES
lina_rph [submitted 1/12/14]



Reviews of " { p r o o f }" by Patrons [March, 2013]
Westfield Community Players’ Production: Proof Positive that Genius Abounds By SUSAN MYRILL DOUGHERTY Specially Written for The Westfield Leader and The Times

WESTFIELD — David Auburn’s 2001 Pulitzer Prize-winning play, Proof, the Westfield Community Players’ latest offering, is a thoughtful one. Although it is a serious play about genius and madness and whether or not they are inherited, thanks to careful direction and fine acting, there are a number of very memorable and humorous moments.

The plot revolves around the recently deceased Robert (John Correll), a genius who, at age 23, sets the mathematical world on its ear, yet suffers from mental illness for most of the rest of his life. Robert appears in flash backs or in the mind of his younger daughter Catherine (Shiva Kiani). A depressed, college drop-out, Catherine has forfeited her formal education to stay at home to care for her father over the last few years. The play opens on the early morning of Catherine’s 25th birthday in the back yard of their simple house (smartly designed by Bill McMeekan and decorated by JoAnne Lemenille).

Catherine’s sister, Claire, (Kristin Barber-Furlong) travels from New York City to help with the father’s funeral arrangements. For years, Claire has supplied the money to keep Catherine and their father in the family home in Chicago. Now, the older sister feels it best for Catherine to come live near her so that she can get help from competent doctors. Catherine doesn’t understand why she might need “help from competent doctors.” Secretly, though, Catherine confesses in a discussion with the deceased father that she has “lost a few days”, 33 days lately, in fact, and wonders if she is crazy.

Catherine allows Hal (Bobby Marusiefski), one of her father’s former math students, to look through her father’s 103 notebooks. In sifting through Robert’s notations and scribbling, Hall wants to see if there is a spark of genius hiding in those pages.

Indeed, a notebook is discovered that offers a mathematical theorem that no one had thought possible. This monumental discovery turns into a mystery when its author’s credibility is questioned. But the play Proof is not a mystery. It’s a poignant story that proves that developing trust in relationships might be as tough as establishing the truth of a mathematical proof.

Ms. Kiani plays the role of Catherine as a realistic, multi-layered, complex character. She finesses her character’s mood swings, paranoia and irrationality in a completely credible manner.

Mr. Correll’s portrayal of Robert is truly genius. His monologue about “the machinery” that erupts in emotional overload stands in stark contrast with his quiet monologue about the bookstore. A hush fell over the audience on opening night as Mr. Correll — who is so easy in his delivery on stage — drew us into the world of a disturbed mind.

Characters Hal and Claire, in contrast to the other two, lack genius but are better adjusted to the world. Mr. Marusiefski, with white shirt, old-fashioned glasses and black sneakers, plays Hal geeky enough to be believable. His character serves as a rational voice that wins over the audience as well as Catherine. Claire, played expertly by Ms. Barber-Furlong, brings to the role the needed cool sophistication in dress, attitude and demeanor. The repartee between Ms. Barber- Furlong and Ms. Kiani resounds as truthful sibling chatter.

Musical background by sound operator Michael Bieber lends poignancy in just the right spots without being intrusive. Kudos to veteran director Steve Lemenille who, along with producer Sally Brown, has presented an engaging piece of theatre.

PONDERING THE PROOF…Catherine (Shiva Kiani), seated, tries to persuade Hal (Bobby Marusiefski), that there is truth in the notebook he holds. Her older sister, Claire, (Kristin Barber-Furlong) listens along with the girls’ deceased father, Robert (John Correll). Westfield Community Players’ production of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play Proof, directed by Steve Lemenille, continues weekends through March 23.

(photo credit:Susan M. Dougherty for The Westfield Leader and The Times) Page 22 Thursday, March 7, 2013 The Westfield Leader and The Scotch Plains – Fanwood TIMES A WATCHUNG COMMUNICATIONS, INC. PUBLICATION
This was the second production by WCP that I have attended. Both were excellent. This show in particular was as close to perfection as I can imagine. The 4 actors were phenomenal. I just saw "Breakfast at Tiffany's" in NYC, and,frankly, the WCP actors were far superior to the "professionals" I saw. I will see anything this group puts on. Beatriz Esteban [3/24/13]
{ p r o o f } …Very meaningful.

Very excellent show. The actors were amazing. Have seen the John Correll before. He's always good. The two girls were very, very good. The young man reminded me of my grandson. Thank you for what you do for us seniors. The show was very meaningful.
Lillian K…[Mar. 2, 2013]



Reviews of "SQUABBLES" by Patrons [Oct., 2011]
Squabbles …A night of arguing fun.

In good time and bad times, it has been said laughter is the best medicine. Westfield Community Players has the right amount of dosage of laughter with its production of a rather unknown comedy called Squabbles written by Marshall Karp, the creator of the Payne Webber commercial.

Squabbles concerns the living arrangements of 72-yr. old Abe Dreyfus, played by Lou Savarese, who was forced to move in with his daughter and son-in-law, Alice and Jerry Sloan, respectively played by Ana Soulios and Tim McGovern, after he suffering a heart attack. Complicating matters is Jerry's mother, Mildred Sloan, played by Debbie Badal, informs the family her house burned down and needs a place to live. Alice and Jerry invite her to move in with them. Then the trouble begins. It seems that Abe and Mildred never got along since the wedding of their children, so much that Abe accused Mildred of coming after him with a knife, Actually it was a cake cutter. And this was only after he said "one little thing to her".

After moving in, Abe and Mildred squabble over everything from the TV to the choice of wine for dinner. But don't be alarmed, the squabbling is outrageously funny and quick witted…each trying to out do the other. In Abe's own words, arguing is good for your health.

Lou Savarese is a delight as Abe. His ability to portray a 72-yr old cantankerous cab driver without making him unlikable is a testament to Mr. Savarese's acting ability. He brings a youthful, childlike presence to the character, making the audience like him so much. His ever-taunting of everyone to argue with him is cleverly achieved. Though in real life, Mr. Savarese isn't 72 or 73, he has a sense of delivering it with ease…a testament to his ability to understand and be motivated by "Abe."

Debbie Badal, as the mother-in-law Mildred, is equally adept at bringing a sophisticated, hard-nosed persona to her role. She is immediately sensed by the audience as being someone not to be liked. How wrong the first impression is. Ms. Badal is Abe's equal when it comes to arguing and the sparks she instills in Abe only enriches the laughter that ensues. Ms. Badal's character does win over the audience and Abe in the end, a tribute to her ability to effect this difficult transition.

Ana Soulios, playing Abe's daughter, is charming. She presents herself as the protective daughter wanting her dad to "act his age". She is tossed between caing for him, her husband, expectant child and mother-in-law. The conflict is excellently portrayed by Ms. Soulios. Her views of her father quickly change when Abe describes what love means to a 73-yr. old. This was a special moment in the play. It points out life's struggle of growing old, but still wanting to live one's life to the fullest. Ms. Soulios' emotional changes, her ability to present the audience with believable reactions of face and body movement is remarkable.

Tim McGovern, playing Jerry Sloan, is a regular at Westfield Community Players, and is always convincing. He is a jingle writer and must sing a few jingles on stage in the opening of each act…and quite nicely. Jerry is quite funny as the laid-back son-in-law who tries to keep the whole situation in stride. His nervousness during the scene in which Alice starts having labor pains is quite funny.

Ken Webb, playing Hector Lopez, the handyman that Jerry hires, was a thrill to watch. He plays the role to the hilt… his effeminate style, accent and constant use of the bathroom, has the audience in stitches eac time he appears. Mr. Webb had the audience rolling when he began to mimic Alice's labor pains. It was a show stopping performance.

Russ Ortiz, playing Sol Wasserman, Abe's retired pharmacist neighbor, is the counter-balance to Abe. He is the wise, practical, calm-one who tries to understand Abe and present a positive feeling about the living situation with Mildred. To no avail, of course. The exchange between Sol and Abe over the "knife" explanation was a gem. Equally hilarious was the banter in the last scene with Sol and nurse Fisher.

Rounding out the cast is Linda Correll who plays Mrs. Fisher, a nurse Jerry and Alice hire to care for Alice's newborn. Ms. Correll controlled this role with ease. Her "Gestapo-like" character, as Abe describes her, put the family on noticed as to who was in charge. Very funny.

Director Steve Lemenille assembled an ensemble of talented and skillful actors in this production. Comedy is a difficult genre to develop and stage without flaw. The actors achieved it flawlessly…a tribute to Mr. Lemenille's direction and cast selection. Mr. Lemenille's use of music and lighting effect in the beginning of each scene was unique. Each scene began with music that presented the audience with a sense of the plot to each scene while the actors were lit in a subdued "blue" silhouette while they were frozen in place…different but beautifully done.

Westfield Community Players is a small theater, and as such could be problematic with sets. However, Westfield never seems to have no difficulty with design and presention of sets that are appropriate for their productions. This production is no exception. Striped walls that resembled wallpaper, a beautiful center door and stylish furniture, give warmth and depth to the stage. They should be proud of their accomplishment with this production.

All in all, Squabbles, is a night of laughs, sentiment and good family ideals. Lord knows, in these times, Westfield has brought fun and entertainment lacking so much to us in today's times.--playciritic [Posted at www.nj.com/forums/theater]

We attended you theater on Senior citizen night. But there is no date listed on the form for that time. So we marked the first date there. We hope that is alright. As always Westfield produces some really good shows. We so enjoy coming to your plays. We thank you for inviting us. We especially enjoy now receiving programs. This is a very nice touch.
This show was one of the funniest and true to life shows we have seen. The story line is so pertinent to many of us seniors. In our case, also very true. Thank you for choosing it.
Your actors are so natural on stage. They truly make the show come to life. The guy playing Abe is so believable. We remember him from last year. He is very funny and warm as Abe. I had an uncle just like that. The woman who played the mother in law was great. My wife and I remember her in the Shakespeare show and another one where she ripped a bag of potato chips. She is one fine actress.
The actor who played the Puerto Rican fellow was absolutely so funny. Really had my wife laughing hard.
We remember the fellow who played the young husband from last year in the mystery. He is so good. Enjoyed him.
The girl who played Alice was very charming and seems very talented. Her reactions to her father were so good.
It was nice to see the play between Abe and his friend. I think his name is Sal. His reaction to the nurse was so really funny.
We have seen the nurse before in a couple of your shows. And she really was tough. Wouldn't want to get into an argument with her.
We never heard of this show before and were not sure what it would be like, but we were very pleased. Good job to all.
What amazes my wife and I is how such a little theater can have such good sets on a small stage. Your group is so good.
We must say that we have been coming here for a few years, but these past several years the quality and hospitality has been outstanding. Thank you so much for your hard work....Mr. & Mrs. D...[Oct. 15, 2011]

In Westfield Community Players' Squabbles, Generations Collide Living Under One Roof By SUSAN MYRILL DOUGHERTY Specially Written for The Westfield Leader and The Times

WESTFIELD - Family spats and arguments have been a gold mine for playwrights of comedy for years. Aptly named, Marshall Karp's comedy Squabbles, now playing at the Westfield Community Players' playhouse on North Avenue, is a two-act comedy that's relatable for all ages.

The story revolves around a young married couple who are paired with aging parents who can not stand each other. Throw in the fact that all four of vthem - the couple, his mother and her father-are forced to live under the same roof and there is tension galore. Abe Dreyfus (Lou Savarese) has moved in with his jingle-writer son-in-law Jerry Sloan (Timothy McGovern) and his lawyer daughter Alice (Ana Soulios) because he has developed a heart condition. Ask him about it, though, and he'll swear it is gas, not a heart ailment. He likes being cantankerous: the feisty 72-year-old widower's motto is, "An argument a day keeps the doctor away." Alice tries to be patient with her bigoted, outspoken retired taxi driver father. But she is irked by his constantly writing complaint postcards to companies and his answering the family telephone with a country western radio show slogan in hopes of winning money.

The situation is complicated when Jerry's prim mother Mildred (Debbie Badal) moves into her son's three bedroom house after she inadvertently burned down her own house. Mildred Sloan and Abe Dreyfus have a rancorous history. At the wedding of their children, inexplicably, Mildred went after Abe with a butcher knife, (it really was just a cake cutter, she says), and so Abe now refers to her as "Mildred the Ripper." Since Abe loves to squabble, Mildred can only get the better of him when she won't take the bait to argue. When there's no one to bicker with, he's a flounder who has lost his ocean. In Abe's words, "To live is to argue; to argue is to live." His daughter Alice is about to become a new mother and is afraid her father's sarcasm and fighting will be a detrimental part of the atmosphere in which the baby will be raised. Alice and Jerry get fed up with Abe's quarreling and want him, or Mildred to move into a one-bedroom apartment that they have rented for one of them. It seems to be the perfect solution with one of the bickering in-laws out of the way. That proverbial fly in the ointment requires deciding who will leave when the baby arrives. Lou Savarese's character Abe confesses, "I was born to squabble." Mr. Savarese shows he was born to be on stage. His performance in A View from the Bridge last season and what he does with comedy in this play proves he's comfortable playing both aspects of theater.

An array of small characters fleshes out the scenes. Odd jobs handyman Hector Lopez (Ken Webb) with over-the-top effeminate mannerisms (like flouncing in wearing a leopard scarf and sashaying into the room wearing a side slung pocket book) weaves himself in and out of the storyline. Mr. Webb's sympathy labor pains episode bought down the house on opening night. Card-playing partner Sol Wasserman (Russ Ortiz) and Mrs. Fisher (Linda Correll) don't spend much time on stage, but make their presence known. Ms. Correll, especially, is quite a hoot as a domineering German nanny who could have whipped an errant Nazi into place in a heartbeat.

Director Steve Lemenille has selected iconic music by the Mamas and the Papas, the Beatles and other easily identifiable toe-tapping, hugely appropriate tunes as filler between scenes.

An impressive set, constructed and decorated by teams of crew members, is more beautifully detailed than normally found on Community Theater stages and nicely lit by Jessica Foerst.

The entertaining show is produced by theater veteran Kay Macrae. The storyline of Squabbles is pretty predictable and the road to its finale is bumpy, but heartwarming.

For more informaiton, or tickets call (908) 232-1221 or visit westfieldcommunity players.org.

Susan Dougherty [Oct. 20, 2011]

We are new subscribers to your theater since we saw A View from the Bridge last season. We were impressed with the quality of your production, so we became subscribers. We are glad we did. This show was one of the funniest we have seen. We couldn't stop laughing. Please keep up the good work. --Kathleen and Tom [Oct. 23, 2011]


Reviews of "A View from the Bridge" by Patrons [Mar., 2011]
Specially Written for The Westfield Leader and The Times WESTFIELD -

Even though A View from the Bridge doesn't have the universal themes of Arthur Miller's more well-known Pulitzer Prize winner Death of a Salesman, it touches hearts with its poignancy. Westfield Community Theater's latest production is a great choice as the third offering of their season.

A View from the Bridge has characteristics of Greek tragedy: being linear in nature, having a dramatic climax, and having a chorus, or in this case, a narrator. Doing the honors of acting as the Greek chorus and propelling the narrative is a lawyer named Alfieri (Maury Herman), who advises Eddie (A.J. Liana), the tragic protagonist whose fatal flaw is his relationship with niece Catherine (Kristina Hernandez).

Lawyer Alfieri breaks what is known in acting terms as "the fourth wall" to speak directly to the audience. He has a self-described "unromantic practice" that deals with "petty troubles of the poor." Yet Eddie's story is an extraordinary case that Alfieri will always remember. He warns the audience, "There is no mystery to solve" because he could see where Eddie was heading and, in the manner of Greek tragedy, the audience can see it coming, too. He tells us the story of Eddie and his family because it is a tale that haunts him.

In the shadow of the Brooklyn Bridge is where Eddie Carbone has spent his life, working the docks to support his wife Beatrice (Andrea Barra) and her deceased sister's daughter, Catherine. With the arrival of Bea's two adult cousins, illegal immigrants from Italy, tension mounts when one of the cousins, Rodolpho (Brian Remo), takes an instant liking to Eddie's teenage niece. The two men are known on the docks as "submarines" since they have come in under the radar of American immigration.

Marco (Lou Savarese), a family man who is built like an ox, sends home most of his money to his wife and sick children, but Rodolpho, a blonde, handsome sensitive young man who seems interested in having a good time in the new world, buys records, clothes and goes to movies.

As niece Catherine grows up before Eddie's eyes, the guardian has conflicted feelings about the little girl he loved and protected who is now a young woman of almost 18. He tells her he doesn't like that "heads are turning like windmills" as she walks down the street. Eddie has nicknamed her "Madonna" which gives an insight into the pedestal upon which he placed her. Truth be told, Catherine doesn't do anything to call attention to herself. Her skirt length is the style of the times - two inches longer than her knee-but he's still nervous about her. "I'm responsible for you," he explains. But that's only part of this fascinating story.

When Catherine falls in love with Rodolpho, it's not just puppy love. They plan their hasty marriage despite Eddie's concern that she is merely Rodolpho's passport to being an American citizen. Eddie gets more and more crazed thinking about Catherine and Rodolpho being together and goes to Alfieri for legal advice. Alfieri tells us "a passion has moved into Eddie's body like a fever." And Eddie can't shake that fever. "Sometimes there's too much love," the lawyer whispers ominously. And from there the dramatic irony rolls downhill like an avalanche of doom.

Director Steve Lemenille has gathered a fine cast of talented actors especially with leads A.J. Liana, Lou Savarese and Brian Remo. As Eddie, A.J. Liana may be a career firefighter by day, but in this show, he becomes a professional actor with great timing, inflection and delivery. Mr. Liana presents Eddie sympathetically with all his human frailty, despite the character's bluster. His perfect Archie Bunker type recitation about Rodolpho-"He ain't right"-refers to the fact that Rodolpho can sew, sing high tenor notes and has light blonde hair. Mr. Liana's performance makes us realize that the tragic figure of Eddie really believes what he says.

Mr. Savarese's characterization of Marco is stellar. The audience feels Marco's sincerity and appreciation for what Eddie and Bea have done for him and his family. Then, when righteous indignation comes to the forefront because of Eddie's actions in Act II, Mr. Savarese's electric performance sizzles.

Through the play, Mr. Remo delivers an impeccable Italian accent and presents an authentic, believable young man searching for the American dream. He has developed an intriguing character especially in scenes with Catherine. When Mr. Remo's character begs Eddie for his blessing for their marriage, it is one of the most poignant moments of the night.

Andrea Barra brings the right amount of old world Italian wife stoicism to the role of Beatrice and Kristina Hernandez's Catherine is rightly naïve in her dealings with Eddie. Mr. Herman's Alfieri gives us thoughtful insight as to why the story still haunts him.

"If I seem to tell this like a dream - it was that way," Alfieri confesses to us as the pieces to this classic tale fall into place. Turn off the TV and get to Westfield Community Players' noteworthy production that runs weekends through the end of the month. ... Susan Dougherty, Westfield Leader Mar. 10, 2011

My husband and I always attend on the night you invite the Senior Citizens. We always look forward to your shows. They are so well done. This show was exceptional. We couldn't believe how well the actors were able to keep the emotions up. We have seen several of the actors in previous shows. It was amazing how different they were in this show. They are so talented and professional. What a beautiful set for the actors to play on.

I hope this is shared with the actors, the director and all those involved. This will be a show not forgotten for a long time......JessieBob [Mar. 4, 2011]

Westfield Community Players once again demonstrated its dedication to producing quality theater experiences for its audiences with their most recent production of Arthur Miller's "A View from the Bridge."

The audience is met upon entering the auditorium with a very subdued set with a surprisingly splendid rendition of the Brooklyn Bridge set back within the confines of the set which is often dimly lit throughout the play keeping the audience ever mindful that this is "Red Hook", Brooklyn…a unique element of the set keeping the symbolism Miller had for the "Bridge" as being the bridge between the "old world" of Brooklyn to the "new world" of the Big City.

Arthur Miller's fiercely compelling drama about love, belonging and betrayal, A View from the Bridge centers around Eddie Carbone, an Italian-American longshoreman who lives in Brooklyn with his wife Beatrice and his orphaned 17-year-old niece Catherine. Beatrice's two cousins enter the country illegally seeking a better life in America, and when Catherine falls in love with one of them, Eddie's jealousy erupts in a rage that consumes him, his family and his world.

In the role of Eddie Carbone is A.J. Liana, who appeared as Tony Wendice in WCP's production of "Dial 'M' for Murder last season, has given one of the most memorable portrayals that this reviewer has witnessed. Mr. Liana's ability to move from levels of gentleness to moments of anger throughout the show without losing the essence of Eddie goes to his talent as an actor. Mr. Liana has brought to life the complexities and troubled turmoil that Eddie Carbone is suppose to present. Mr. Liana is well-suited for this part without question.

Newcomer to WCP is Kristina Hernandez who has portrayed the role of Catherine, Eddie's teenage niece who he has raised since she was very young. Miss Hernandez has given a flawless performance. She is perfectly cast in this role. She epitomizes the role of Catherine that keeps the audience ever so focused on her. Miss Hernandez's understanding of this most difficult role is a credit to her command of the stage and acting ability. Watching her grow from a naïve young lady at the top of the show to a woman who desires to live her own life from under the control of Eddie is something that only a truly talented actor can do…and she has done excellently.

Eddie's wife, Beatrice, is played by Andrea Barra. Ms. Barra has given strength to this role unlike I have not seen before. She has been able to convince the audience that she has love for her husband, yet fully knowing of his unnatural feelings towards his niece. Her displayed of her feelings comes across throughout the show as the audience watches her facial expression and movement define her emotions. Having seen Ms. Barra in musicals, Ms. Barra has now demonstrated the she is quite adept at drama. She has made what could have been a supporting role to one of a major leading role.

Lou Savarese, also new to WCP, portrayed Marco, the other cousin of Beatrice, gave what has to be one of the finest performances for a most challenging part. His ability to be appreciative to Eddie for allowing him to reside in Eddie's home, and hold his refrain while Eddie insults his brother Rodolpho, and yet not lose his demeanor with the part leaves this writer to have enjoyed his performance. Mr. Savarese has taken this role and made it large. He truly made Marco the protagonist that he is to be. A difficult task for any actor to do, but Mr. Savarese demonstrated it with ease. During the jail scene, Mr. Savarese gives what is one of the most moving and emotion times of the show. Mr. Savarese's display of feelings during this scene was compelling.

The role of Rodolpho, one of the two illegal immigrant cousins of Beatrice and brother to Marco, is masterfully played by Brian Remo. Mr. Remo has also performed at WCP both in "Dial 'M" and this season's first show, "Abie's Irish Rose". Mr. Remo, by doing this role, has shown he is a remarkable actor and versatile actor going from mystery to comedy and now to drama. This versatility is commendable. Mr. Remo's portrayal of Rodolpho was played with what has to be a clear understanding of character of Rodolpho. It is evident that Mr. Remo analyzed the part of Rodolpho with insight. . Never once did Mr. Remo abuse the role but kept to the essence of the character. Mr. Remo's excellent use of an Italian dialect and dyed blond hair was so true.

A surprising performance was given by Maury Herman, who was recently in "Abe's Irish Rose" opening WCP's season. Mr. Herman is noted for his choreographic talents and musical appearances. This venture in drama hopefully has struck a new chord with him. Mr. Herman was impeccable with the role of Mr. Alfieri, who not only had to act as a narrator for the audience but then come alive as a confidante to Eddie. The scenes between Eddie and Mr. Algiers are warming yet personable. Mr. Herman's closing words left this writer with a tear in the eye and a lump in the throat. Bravo, Mr. Herman!

Rounding out the remaining members of the cast are Peter Curley who has also performed for Westfield, the last memorable performance was that to Prince Igor in WCP's production of Neil Simon's Fools. Mr. Curley's portrayal of Mike, one Eddie's friends, was played with delight as he tells Eddie about how Rudolph is being accepted by the other dock workers. Mr. Curley's "Brooklyn-nose" dialect and mannerism was a necessary break in the drama that Arthur Miller must have had in mind. Even a delightful was Mr. Curley as the 1st Immigration Office and his wit was delightful when he recalled exactly what street his was born on in Brooklyn.

Ken Webb, who made his WCP debut played Louis, was one of the most natural characters on stage for this being his first show. He seemed relaxed and at ease, and into the dialogue. He actually made it appear that he was living at that moment as Louis.

Gregg Melee has appeared several times at WCP. His memorable portrayal as the Rabbi in "Abe's Irish Rose" is a far cry from being an Immigration Office in this show. As with any role it is what you put into it that makes it come alive. Mr. Melee presented himself with commanding authority as a law enforcement official.

Jon Robinson played Tony and also another illegal immigrant. As Tony, Mr. Robinson is the one who is "pieced off" in getting Marco and Rudolph into the country. Mr. Robinson gave a good performance highlighting his role as warning the cousins to be careful.

Kevin Cousin played one of the submarines who only on stage for a short time, really did act as scared and worried some when arrested by the Immigration Officers.

Playing the role of Mr. and Mrs. Lipari were the husband-wife team of Joanne and Steve Lemenille. They last appeared in "Abie's Irish Rose" as Mr. and Mrs. Isaac Cohen, which this writer immensely enjoyed their comedic performances bring down the house every time they appeared on the stage.

The most dramatic scenes during this production are the scenes where Marco challenges Eddie to lift a chair and the ending scene where Eddie and Marco fight. The lifting of the chair by Marco (Lou Savarese) daring Eddie to do the same was breath taking...not only from the point of where Marco sets the chair center stage but the reaction of Eddie when Marco lifts the chair by one hand. Both Mr. Liana and Mr. Savarese truly made this appear that it was happening at that time, for the first time. Bravo!!

The fight scene at the end was outstanding. During this scene Marco has arrived back at the apartment to avenge Eddie for calling the Immigration Department to arrest Marco and Rodolpho. Normally this scene is played with Eddie using just a knife to challenge Marco. But, the director, Mr. Lemenille, also employed the use of bailing hooks. What a unique embellishment of this scene. When the hooks clashed and the sound of metals hitting each other, the audience was in awe. Mr. Savarese and Mr. Liana played it so convincingly that it appeared so real. Wonderful choreography!!

This modern classic was given true-to-life exposure under the able direction of Mr. Steve Lemenille. Mr. Lemenille's directorial talents are quite apparent in this production. His ability to cast, shape, mold and maintain the tragic elements of the characters through these exceptional actors is seen throughout the entire production. Mr. Lemenille never lost sight of the plot. He kept it moving and alive. His use of lighting in the change of scenes set the tone for each dramatic part. His direction and inclusion of bailing hooks in the end fight between Marco and Eddie was masterful, and provocative for the audience. He has kept the depth and emotions ever present. If there ever was a cast that truly represented Miller's concept of the characters he portrayed, this cast fit that bill. ...playcritic [Mar. 5, 2011]



Reviews of "I LOVE YOU, YOU'RE PERFECT, NOW CHANGE" by Patrons [Jan. 2011]
Wonderful production of a unique show. Seen it several years ago in NYC. Loved it then, loved it now. WCP's production was quite comparable to the version I saw. Very impressed with the vocalists. Their harmonies were brilliant. Hats off to the musical director. WCP has done it again with their choice of productions.....Theatre Lady

Wonderful talent, outstanding show!! A light, fun, warm evening of theatre in the middle of a cold winter. I will recommend this highly!!...Anonymous



Reviews of "ABIE's IRISH ROSE" by Patrons [Oct, 2010]
Very much enjoyed the show. You have some good actors. I like the Cohens. They were funny. The guy who played the Jewish father was so very believable. The priest and rabbi were very solid in their roles. The girl who played Rose Mary was a delight. What was also very cute was the little flower girl. She was charming....kellyp

We attended last nite's performance with the benefit group. What a wonderful time. Someone told us that we could write our own review. What a wonderful idea to hear from your audience. You always do enjoyable shows. This one was no exception. It's hard to believe that your actors are only community theater people. They are so professional. Thank you for your hard work in making it an enjoyable evening with all the troubles going on in the world...Voltare

This is the first Westfield Community Players production I have attended. I was pleasantly surprised by the overall quality of the play and enjoyed it thoroughly! Acting in the main roles was excellent. Other roles were variable but certainly sufficient to the task. Direction, sets and lighting were of a very high standard as is the auditorium and staff...DavidB [Oct. 9]

I enjoyed this play very much. I usually dont laugh out loud but I could relate to the theme of the story as i did the same thing as Abie when I dated I changed my dates names so my father wouldnt be angry...Rozzy [Oct. 9]


Reviews of DIAL M for MURDER [March, 2010] by Patrons
One of the best productions of WCP I have seen in years...Theatre Lady

Tremendous performance...Van Whyte

What an undertaking for Westfield Community Players! In 25 years of attending your shows, this was the best. The acting was superb, especially from the actor who played Tony and the Inspector. The set was the most impressive ever...NJplaycritic


Reviews of "CAUGHT in the NET" by Patrons [May, 2010]
Not a bad show; needed work on lines...Theater Lady

Rather slap-stick in spots...Debbie

Enjoyed Filip...he was delightful...Sissy

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