Review of ‘Jeffrey’

Executive Director of PhillyGayCalendar

Last week, I attended a behind the scenes preview of the play Jeffrey and I immediately liked it. I had the pleasure of seeing the actors read through lines and the excitement of the crew. Seeing the full on production was very satisfying and exceeded my expectations.

The Represented Theatre Company is presenting the play Jeffrey at the Walnut Street Theatre Studio 5 until January 20th, 2008. Directed skillfully by Daniel Student, I was pleased at how wonderfully the material was treated. Humorous scenes were performed with hilarity and the seriousness of the play meticulously achieved. Andrew Gorell (Jeffrey) played excellently off of the fabulous supporting cast. The actors switched characters frequently making for an intelligent interpretation for the audience.

Watching them practice their lines and then seeing the actors on stage truly showed their talent. Walter DeShields, Bill Egan, Scott Franco, Dominick Romeo, Roy Wilbur, Jon Mason and the only female in the play Michele Horman were behind Gorell throughout this play accurately. Wilbur was remarkable with his facial expressions in his varied supporting roles, as was Horman.

This is an important HIV themed play that was written by Paul Rudnick. Jeffrey was also made into a movie in 1995. Whether you�ve seen the film or not the Represented Theatre Company�s production is very much worth seeing. >







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