Thursday, August 1, 2013

Harrison Held's SceneAroundTown..... "The Ghosts of Mary Lincoln".... Theatre 40

MIchele Tauber as Mary Lincoln.... photo credit: Jess Block

I thoroughly enjoyed the new workshop production of "The Ghosts of Mary Lincoln" by an award winning team now playing at Theater 40 in Beverly Hills.  Michele Tauber is excellent in this one woman show as troubled first lady Mary Lincoln.  The play is well written by Tom Dugan & well directed by Jenny Sullivan.  I loved Ms. Sullivan's production of "Tea at 5" starring Stephanie Zimbalist as Katharine Hepburn a few years ago at the Falcon Theater so I was eager to see her latest & I was not disappointed for a moment.  The play takes place on a dark stormy nite in the attic of Mary Lincoln's sister Elizabeth where Mary was ensconced towards the end of her life.  Ms. Tauber skillfully & magically takes the audience on the colorful life journey of the often misunderstood first lady breathing life into the historical & sometimes hysterical multi dimensional woman.  Following shows audiences are welcome to give feedback to playwright Tom Dugan as he prepares the production for it's premiere mid October at the Townsend Arts Center at the University of West Georgia.  I think you'll enjoy this elegant, educational & entertaining show. The production values are first rate also.  For more information call 310-364-3606.  HH

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