Next up at the Muse Arts Warehouse: The Odd Lot at the Movies!
Why do I bring that up? Last Thursday my friend Lauren invited me to see a production of Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie, presented by the Collective Face Theatre Ensemble and directed by David I.L. Poole. Not only was I drawn to the performance by the complimentary ticket Lauren offered me (always a bonus!), but was also excited and pleased to discover a non-profit performing arts group in Savannah. The Collective Face Theatre Ensemble was recently formed in 2010 and chooses to perform plays that celebrate Southern culture and background while reflecting upon and including the community and region. Albeit being a newly formed organization, there was nothing amateur about the cast’s performance.
The four actors performed their roles with empathy and believability, with Dandy Barrett especially shining in the role of doting Southern mother Amanda. Richie Cook, co-founder of The Collective Face, brought humor and chagrin to the role of narrator and disgruntled son Tom. Maggie Hart, a performing arts student at SCAD, played the challenging role of naïve and timorous daughter Laura with outstanding compassion. Rounding out the cast was Jonathan Ashley Able as Jim, Laura’s gentleman caller, established a likable and charming character during his brief second act stage appearance. The dynamic between the cast members established the tension and tenderness of their relationships, and explored the autonomy and dependent relationships between the characters. The play also dwelled on the strain economic hardship can take on families, but also how this anxiety can reveal important truths about individuals’ characters and values. Complimenting these themes was a minimalist set in a black box theater that played on the theme of memory with dust cloths covering the set pieces.
The performance took place at the Muse Arts Warehouse, located just outside of downtown on Louisville Road, a non-profit arts organization committed to creating affordability and accessibility to artists, art organizations, and the public. The beautifully converted warehouse was once Savannah’s old Seaboard Freight Station, circa 1929, and provides approximately 3,000 square feet of performance and gallery space, complete with Savannah brick walls and a dramatic arched wooden ceiling. During intermission we were able to take in an art display and enjoy refreshments while stepping out on their porch in the surprisingly chilly Savannah evening! I would highly recommend both this venue as well as future performances by the Collective Face Theatre Ensemble to take in an intimate slice of Southern art and culture while supporting the creativity of local Savannah artists!
Catherine’s Suggestion? Enjoy the Collective Face Theatre Ensemble at the the Muse Arts Warehouse and be sure to reserve your room at Azalea Inn and Gardens Bed and Breakfast, a Savannah GA bed and breakfast, and enjoy all that the Historic District of Savannah has to offer.