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On a bench in Central Park, New York, two men of opposite lives and social class encounter one another. An enjoyable afternoon in the park becomes a battle for their place in society. Can they learn to live on the same bench of the world? Edward Albee explores the relationship between class structures in The Zoo Story.

POWER LUNCH written by Alan Ball

Directed by Brooke Hills
Featuring: Martin Aguilera, Matt Dennie, Kelly Johnson & Emily Smith

THE ZOO STORY written by Edward Albee

Directed by Marie Frederickson
Featuring: Shane Regan and Brandon Ryan

The Northwest Actor`s Studio
1100 East Pike Street
Tucci Theatre (Second Floor)
January 21, 22, 28, 29, February 4th and 5th, 2005, 8pm

Technical Crew
Set Designer - Claire Blackstock
Sound Designer - Isaac Blackstock
Costume Design - Mali Munch
Lighting Design - Trevor Scranton
Props Designer - Serena Severance
Stage Manager - Jessie Kwak
Assistant Stage Manager - Jessi Knippel
Sound Board Operator - Justin Regan
Light Board Operator - Trevor Scranton


Joe Boling in Theatre Puget Sound: This is a pair of one-acts, well executed. The evening opens with Alan Ball's "Power Lunch," featuring Matt Dennie and Kelly Johnson (with two supporting players); Brooke Hills directed. Checkmarks to Dennie and Johnson and to the sound designer, Isaac Blackstock (and to the choreographer, if I could figure out who gets that credit). Good acting, but the script is pretty bleak. Following intermission is Edward Albee's "Zoo Story," with Brandon Ryan and Shane Regan; Marie Frederickson directed. Two fellows share a park bench and explore whether they can share consideration for each other. Checkmark for Regan, and a double check for Ryan. Not for the kids. -Joe Boling

John Longenaugh in Theatre Puget Sound: I saw this production as part of what an artistic director is supposed to do, which is get out there and scout for talent. I was very pleasantly surprised by what I saw. The first piece, written by the creator of "Six Feet Under," is a gentle and silly take on the war between the sexes which manages a few fresh observations and a nice batch of one-liners. The second piece remains one of my favorite Albee pieces, and given the youth of the performers, was remarkably accomplished. Brandon Ryan as Jerry was particularly strong, and his performance alone raised this significantly above the rank and file of most fringe productions. Good work all around.