Preview of “Summer and Smoke” from The Windsor Star

First time for Walsh

By Ted Shaw, The Windsor Star February 2, 2012

Read original article here.


Lionel Walsh, head of the University of Windsor’s school of dramatic art, has directed the latest production by Detroit’s Hilberry Theatre.

Tennessee Williams’ Summer and Smoke opens Feb. 24 at the Hilberry Theatre, 4743 Cass Ave., Detroit, on the campus of Wayne State University. It will run in repertory through April 21.

This is the first time Walsh has directed a production for the Michigan company, which is the which is the only graduate drama program in the U.S. operating a full-time repertory theatre.

Walsh was able to balance a light rehearsal schedule at Hilberry with his duties in Windsor.

Although he grew up in Toronto, Walsh said he has a notion of the oppressive heat of the American Deep South that drives much of the action in Williams’ play.

“I attended graduate school in Virginia,” he said. “I know what effect that summer heat can have on a person.”

University of Windsor Players last staged Summer and Smoke in the 1980s under the direction of the late Daniel Kelly. Then, Walsh was a part-time instructor and box office manager.

Tickets for Hilberry’s Summer and Smoke are US$12 to $30 and are available by calling 313-577-2972 or online at hilberry. com.


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