Category Just a Moment

Just a Moment: “The Christians” at StageWorks Fresno

There were several moments of realism that struck a chord with me in the beginning minutes of StageWork’s Fresno’s “The Christians”. Literally. Any girl who regularly attended an evangelical church in the late 80’s would recognize the opening chord of “Awesome God” the moment it is struck and the choir enters singing those declarative lyrics: […]

Just a Moment: “The Glass Menagerie” at Good Company Players

I can unequivocally recommend Good Company Players’ “The Glass Menagerie” for a lot of great reasons, but the one that stays with me is Alyssa Gaynor and all of her moments. You see, Laura Wingfield is a character that doesn’t say much, which makes the playing of her incredibly heavy lifting. This play is full […]

Just a Moment: Claudius in The Fourth Wall’s “Hamlet”

Claudius is one of those extremely efficient characters in Shakespeare’s canon. He drives from moment to moment, action to action with a clear direction and overarching purpose: to solidify his power and maintain a stable realm. If only it weren’t for that pesky step-son mucking things up. Which is why his soliloquy in Act 3 […]

Just a Moment: DOGFIGHT at StageWorks Fresno

I tend to be attracted to strong performances by female actors. Even more so when they are working in ensemble and not expecting the glare of the spotlight. In StageWorks Fresno’s Dogfight, Kelsey Deroian has a moment as Mama, Rose’s mother, where she communicates so much with a well-executed look away from her daughter that the […]

Just a Moment: Into the Woods at StageWorks Fresno

 The moment, intensely brief though it was, pounded my heart into my throat for its raw power and desperation. In Act II, when the Witch is giving her mightiest effort to convince the others to give up Jack to the Giant, she becomes so frustrated with their lack of decisiveness that she shouts, with a […]