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Where's Julie?
a Dark Comedy
CATEGORY : COMEDY DRAMA
by Daniel Guyton

COMPANY : Performing Arts North [WEBSITE]
VENUE : Dancing Goat Theatre [WEBSITE]
ID# 4205

SHOWING : January 26, 2012 - February 04, 2012

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PRODUCTION DESCRIPTION

"WHERE'S JULIE? by Daniel Guyton, takes audiences on a journey through the lives and living room of an exceptionally crazy American family!... If you enjoy the humor of South Park or Family Guy, you are sure to enjoy Guyton’s dark comedies, of which this play is one of the best." (Kat Reynolds, Savannah College of Art & Design, 2009)

Come see the award winning comedy by Daniel Guyton!

Where's Julie?

Directed by Eileen M Fulford

Starring:
Lory Cox
Jerry Jobe
Amy Tallmadge Kreissl
Kevin Kreissl
Chris De Laet
Jennifer Gullick
Wallace Perry
Josh Berwald
Emily Arvidson

**Winner of the Kennedy Center/ACTF New Play Award in 2001**

15-year old Julie runs away from home to escape her abusive father, her delusional mother, and her autistic younger brother, only to find herself "knocked up" by drug dealing boyfriend, harassed by her selfish older sister, and shunned by her Born-Again Christian friend. But, when she contemplates abortion, that's when the play gets really funny. Mature audiences only.

Dancing Goat Theatre in John's Creek, GA (about 20 minutes north of Atlanta). 10700 State Bridge Rd, John's Creek, GA

Show runs Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, from January 26th through February 4th! (last weekend in January, and first weekend in February)


CAST & CREW LIST
Playwright Daniel Guyton
Producer Margarita Moldovan
Director Eileen M Fulford
Margaret Emily Arvidson
Hector Josh Berwald
Mom Lory Cox
Running Crew 1 Chris De Laet
Allison Jennifer Gullick
Dad Jerry Jobe
Running Crew 2 Kevin Kreissl
Jeff Wallace Perry
Julie Amy Tallmadge
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REVIEWS

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Julie is in another dimension!
by TheatrePhantom
Monday, January 30, 2012
4.0
"Where's Julie?" By Daniel Guyton is an interesting play. The point, I'm guessing, is to make the audience uncomfortable. And if that indeed was the case, they did a very good job of it. Throughout the play you see that the imagined "4th wall" between the audience and the stage is being lowered, and, by the end, is completely shattered. Starting when the running crew take over intermission and look out at you. The play begins when you find out that the fifteen year old title character, Julie, is pregnant. As the play continues, you realize that it is fathered by her 23, excuse me, 22 year old druggie boyfriend, Hector. Julie has run away from home to stay with her angry, bitter, older sister, Allison. Why does she do this? Because her home life is a mess. Her father, Harold, is an abusive, brain damaged old man. Her mother, Martha, is a neurotic, needy, old woman. and her younger brother, Jeff, is autistic. The only saving grace (pun intended) is her non-judgmental, super Catholic best friend, Margret.

The show, in itself, was good. The actors were a breath of fresh air, and the set was very nice. The director, Eileen Fulford, did an amazing job putting these actors together and making them understand their goals. Which, is a hard thing to understand in a play like this. The biggest hurtle this play had to jump over, was itself. The writing. Many points in this play make you wonder if the playwright had ever met a stoner, or an autistic kid, or even a Catholic. There are also a few plot holes here and there. The point he is trying to make is clear, the biggest hurtle of a writer, but it needs to be refined a bit. Overall, it is a good concept and a good show. You must give the writer some credit for trying to tackle a show like this. This concept is very hard to get right, and I think Daniel Guyton came very close.

Allison, Jennifer Gullick, and Hector, Josh Berwald, were a little soft spoken, which makes me think that they are more film actors. All of their movements and reactions were a little too small for the stage. They were both very good, but you can tell they were built for film. Julie, Amy Tallmadge, was wonderful! She played 15 like a pro and just kept giving more. Her character never faltered which made watching her a joyful experience. I absolutely -hated- Harold. Which just shows that Jerry Jobe portrayed his character beautifully. As for Martha, I think that Lory Cox was a bit over the top for my taste. With such a small theatre, her voice carries very well, and I found myself cringing in anticipation every time she spoke. Her acting was fantastic, but her volume could use a small adjustment. The Running Crew, Kevin Kreissl and Chris De Laet, were fantastic. Usually when this kind of thing is done, the side story takes away from the play. These actors laughed in the face of that and made their performance nothing less than flawless. Wallace Perry, who portrays Jeff, Julie's autistic little brother, was also wonderful. I found myself really caring about him throughout the show. When he cried, I cried. This can be a sensitive part to play, but I think that Wallace has accomplished that. That brings us to Margaret, Julie's Catholic best friend. Emily Arvidson plays this character like a harp. From the moment she walked out on stage, I loved her. She gets into character and stays there. Even when she is not speaking, she is doing -something- in the background. I found myself smiling every time she walked on. This part, like Jeff, is a touchy subject. It's hard not to come off like you're mocking Jesus and all of his followers, but Emily managed to make it hilarious, yet tasteful. A rare talent.

At the end of the day, I thoroughly enjoyed myself. If not only because of the acting. This play is definitely worth seeing, and the 15 dollars it takes to see it. This show has one weekend left and I have a feeling that this show will age like a fine wine. The longer this cast has with the script, the better it will be.
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Where the *#($*! is Julie?
by playgoer
Sunday, January 29, 2012
4.0
Daniel Guyton's "Where's Julie" is not your standard dramatic fare. It quite literally explodes the fourth wall, making the running crew an integral part of the onstage action and extending the playing area into the audience. The comedy is often off-kilter, but it's mixed with a lot of heart. The play quite simply defies categorization.

The plot is basically that 15-year-old Julie is pregnant by her 22-year-old druggie boyfriend and has to break it to her dysfunctional family. That's not a lot of plot for 90 minutes, and it's not the plot that carries the show. It's the digressions. All the actors are given set pieces to speak that allow them to push the plot in unexpected directions. "Where's Julie" requires its actors to carry the show, and it spotlights each of them in turn.

Director Eileen Fulford has done a good, but not great, job in melding the cast into a single performing unit. The chemistry and timing of the cast members doesn't always jell. None of the performances even approaches "bad," but there are tiny pauses in interactions and an overall feeling that the production hasn't yet hit its stride. It will be gangbusters if it does.

The performance of Lory cox is the best, by far. She has the showiest role (Julie's mother), and she doesn't allow a moment's concentration to pass her by. When she takes the stage, she takes it by her eye teeth, shakes it for all its worth, and never lets it go. It's a pleasure to watch her go through her paces, pratfalls and all.

The younger members of the cast are all attractive performers, with a lot of natural talent. The feeling I got from most of them, though, is that they're better suited to film than stage. In particular, Jennifer Gullick and Joshua Berwald have stunning, lean good looks that would translate well to celluloid. They're fine onstage, but would be better if their lines and reactions could be edited to flow smoothly in the action.

It's the tie-up at the end of the show that is its most successful part. The action moves into absurdity, with just enough chaos to heighten the resolution that follows. It's not a neat, tidy package that is presented to us, but the play has built up to that point. The strange, quirky, foul-mouthed, sacrilegious text produced by Daniel Guyton hits its high point at the end, leaving a nice aftertaste of raucous comedy as the audience applauds. [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]


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