Thursday, March 5, 2009

Crime and Punishment 4 March 2009, the Drury Theater at the Cleveland Play House

The film director George Roy Hill once said that if a director picked a good script and did a good job in casting the main roles 90% of his job was done. I'm not sure Director Anders Cato feels the same way about his current production of "Crime and Punishment" at the Cleveland Play House, but that's the impression left on my mind after seeing last Wednesday's performance. Adapted for the stage by Marilyn Campbell and Curt Columbus from Fyodor Dostoevsky's novel, the production allows three talented actors to present a story filled with emotional dialogue and soliloquies.
Patrick Husted plays Porfiry, Paul Anthony Stewart plays Raskolnikov, and Lethia Nall plays Sonia in this story about murder, denial, confession, and redemption. Lee Savage's stark two-story staging adds suspense to the story, as does the lighting by Jeff Davis. It all adds up to a good night of live theater, an intense ninety minutes of roller coaster emotions told straight through without an intermission. The play runs through March 22 at the Drury Theater.
The Cleveland Play House is winding down its season with two more major productions. "The Lady With the Answers," a one-woman show about the life of Ann Landers, runs from March 27 until April 19. The world stage adaptation of the novel "Heaven's my Destination" will be presented from April 24 until May 17. The Play House closes its season with its annual FusionFest from April 29 through May 10, with a variety of productions featuring music, dance, and theater. For more information on any of these productions, or to purchase tickets, go to

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