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"THE MIDDLE AGES" by A.R. Gurney (2008)

2 Images of scenes from the play - Photos by Carol Rosegg


Backstage said “A fine production.”

CurtainUp said “With the revival of A. R. Gurney's 1977 comedy The Middle Ages at the Kirk Theater, we have a chance to reflect on an era that is fast fading from contemporary life. The prolific Gurney, more than any other American playwright, has chronicled the lives and sensibilities of White Anglo Saxon Protestants, comically spearheading the virtues so dear to them. ... Gurney's many diehard fans as those unfamiliar with his work will not want to miss this portrait of a White Anglo Saxon Protestant family and eavesdrop on a vanishing era.” said “A comedy written with a great deal of layers and depth. … This group works together wonderfully to create a very entertaining version of Gurney's comedy. Director Ike Schambelan's choices are ... effective. I was entertained throughout. Each actor brings his or her personality and charm to their roles. Melanie Boland is delightful as Myra, Eleanor's social-climbing and overbearing mother. Terry Small easily meets the challenges of the energetic role of Barney. George Ashiotis receives many laughs in his dry delivery of high society "wisdom" as Charles. And Marilee Talkington proves to be a skilled actress in her portrayal of Eleanor.” said “Set designer Bert Scott perfectly captures the trophy room of a men's club, which remains unchanged throughout the decades, and there's a scene-stealing performance by Melanie Boland … As the embittered adult Barney, Terry Small shows promise --- think Paul Newman in The Young Philadelphians.”