Not everything is black and white. Sometimes it’s all shades of gray. The Hilberry Theatre presents C.P. Taylor’s Good, a provocative theatrical presentation of moral dilemmas. Directed by David J. Magidson, Good provides an entertaining and thought-provoking viewpoint on morality set within an important time in world history.
Good takes us inside the subconscious mind of a German literature professor during the early years of the Third Reich. Professor Halder slowly begins to lose touch with reality as the fantasies of his imagination merge with the increasingly inane quality of life under Hitler’s rule. Taylor enhances the mood of the play by incorporating music to communicate character and motivation.
C.P. Taylor writes, “What the tragedy, which I have written as a comedy, or musical comedy is about, will hopefully emerge in the performance. If it proves the good play we hope it is, like all good plays, it will have a special meaning, or shade of meaning, for each person who experiences it.”
Good premiered in 1981 at the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) in London. It was then brought to the Booth Theatre on Broadway a year later by the RSC. Good was hailed by Frank Rich of the The New York Times as “a flawless display of theatre craft.” And Clive Barnes from The New York Post exclaimed, “This is a play for the mind and heart, an incandescent evening in the theater that lights up the conscience.”
Though he had been a working playwright for twenty years, Good proved to be Taylor’s final play, and ultimately his best known work. Good has seen several revivals, notably the 1999 production at the Donmar Warehouse in London, and it was made into a film in 2008 with Viggo Mortensen in the role of Halder.
When discussing his approach to the play, Dr. Magidson explains, “It’s non-linear and the audience has to follow this along. What we’re working on is clarity. When you get a play like this, your goal is to make the storytelling as clear as possible. It’s already complicated.” He says he was drawn to the play’s core. “Every time [Halder] comes up against a decision he asks, ‘what is the good thing to do?’ yet he some-how ends up at the heart of the evil. How could this be?”
The Hilberry prodcution of Good opens on Friday, February 26, and runs in rotating repertory through May 7. Tickets are still available for the entire run of Good, as well as the rest of the Hilberry and Bonstelle seasons. Please call (313) 577-2972 for more information about Good and all other Hilberry and Bonstelle shows. The box office is open Tuesday through Saturday from 2pm – 6pm. You can also visit us on the web at http://www.hilberry.com and purchase tickets 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
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The cast includes:
Erman Jones (John Halder), Lorelei Sturm (Helen), Christina Flynn (Anne), Samantha L. Rosentrater (Mother), Dave Toomey (Maurice), Jason Cabral (Hitler/Bok), Sarah Hymes (Sister/Elizabeth), Brian P. Sage (Doctor/Dispatch Rider), Jordan Whalen (Bouller/Eichmann).
The creative team includes:
David J. Magidson (Director), Michael Peters (Production Stage Manager), John D. Woodland (Costume Designer), Cara Tougas (Scenic and Properties Designer), Jim Costello (Lighting Designer), Jacee Rohlck (Technical Director), Jason Pratt (Sound Designer).
Some more details:
Good performance breakdown: February 26 – May 7, 2010
Wednesday 2 p.m. Mar. 24
Thursday 8 p.m. Mar. 25, Apr. 22, 29
Friday 8 p.m. Feb. 26, Mar. 5, Apr. 23, May 7
Saturday 2 p.m. Feb. 27, May 1
Saturday 8 p.m. Feb. 27, Mar. 6, Apr. 17, May 1
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