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Monday, March 16, 2015

Faith and Family Clash in Iron Crow’s '…Bobby Pritchard'

In its recent works, Iron Crow Theatre, Baltimore’s queer theatre company, has delved into the subject of death from different angles.  From the Jeffrey Dahmer murders in Joseph W. Ritsch’s Apartment 213 to suicide in Sarah Kane’s 4.48 Psychosis, death and its impact on others have been explored with a degree of creative artistry that is open to interpretation.  With the world premiere of The Revelation of Bobby Pritchard written by Baltimore playwright Rich Espey currently playing at The Theatre Project, audiences are given another view of death, and in this case two deaths.

From left: Sean Kelly, Heather Peacock, Dave LaSalle,
Julie Herber, Sarah Lynn Taylor and Susan Porter
Photo: Zachary Z. Handler
The intense one-act play that brings to the forefront the struggle for LGBT acceptance in a Southern town called Boiling Springs with its religious dominance forms the backdrop of a splendid performance by the six-person cast under the deft guiding hand of director Steven J. Satta.    #hocoarts

Espey’s play relies heavily on flashbacks to 40 years ago that alternate with the present and the use of symbolism, which is laced throughout. Most cast members are called upon to play dual roles reflecting the different time periods, and they do so expertly.  To underscore the connections the characters have with religion, the majority perform Church hymns during several points in the play and do so melodiously demonstrating their vocal skills.

For full review, visit MD Theatre Guide.

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