On Friday, January 10, Westlake’s Clague Playhouse, 1371 Clague Road, held its Opening Night Performance and Reception for Michael Hollinger’s Ghost-Writer directed by Anne McEvoy. This outstanding metaphorically creative play provides commentary and endless interpretations on life and technology through Sunday, February 2.
Ghost-Writer, a 2011 Barrymore Award winner, is a one-act play set in 1919 that displays relationships, societal commentaries, and nuances or innuendos that are fascinating. One feels like the deep departed Franklin Woolsey acted superbly by Lou Will has been channeled back and will burst forth over time. Next, one senses the dedication and loving respect that faithful secretary Myra Babbage has for her dearly departed boss that is fantastically communicated by Laura Starnik from the realms of the supernatural. The character of great elegance and vanity appears in bereaved wife Vivian Woolsey acted by Meg Parish with dynamic carriage and commitment to being more than a trophy wife. Every student of the theatrical acts needs to see how these three cast members create commentary, conflict, and sizzling sexual implications through words. The key to a play is words, and in Ghost-Writer, words really carry the show.
In addition to Director Anne McEvoy, the outstanding production staff includes Production Managers Gig Giauque and Margy Haas; Assistant to the Director/Stage Manager Richie Lynch; Set Designer Ron Newell; Lighting Designer Jeff Lockshine; Sound Designer Bryan Ritchey; Light/Sound Manager “Al” Archambault; Light/Sound Technician Mary Kahelin; Set Construction Crew of Nancy Allen, Becky Beil, Lyn Daberkow, Donna Hughes, Ron Newell, Bill Nordgren and Richard Walz; Costume Shop Manager Candace Lipton; Costume Designer D. Justin Bilewicz; Prop Shop Manager Gig Giauque; Props Procurement Crew of Gig Giauque, Margy Haas, and Donna Nordgren; Props Manager Janet Kuss; Marketing Lysa Stanton; Program Pam Kilpatrick. Printing was provided by Adkins & Co., Inc. Further support was given by Audition Secretaries “Al” Archambault and Karen Biddulph-Hazey, and Jim Ely in Photography.
All the elements of a great play are present with a phenomenal set design, elegant period costumes, and a superior sound track with booming storms, phone rings, typing tones, and dancing music. Overall, Ghost-Writer is a positively must view for all.
Tickets for Ghost-Writer may be purchased during Box Office hours, Wednesday through Saturday, between 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. by calling 440-331-0403. The Thursday, Friday, and Saturday performances start at 8 p.m. with Sunday matinees starting at 2 p.m. Ticket prices are $16 for adults, $15 for Seniors (60+) and $10 for students. Cash, Check, MasterCard, Visa and Discover are accepted.
Pictures taken by Mary Levtzow
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Clague Playhouse Ghost-Writer Director Anne McEvoy with Clague Playhouse Board of Directors’ President Lillian M. Boehmer celebrates Opening Night on the outstanding set designed by Ron Newell.