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The Call

Playing at the Peter Jay Sharp Theatre (Playwrights Horizon) located at 416 West 42nd street.  It runs one hour forty minutes with one intermission. The show closes on May 19, 2013

Elisa Davis was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Drama (2007) for her play “Bulrusher”.

Tanya Barfield the playwright was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for her play “Blue Door”.

Kerry Butler was nominated for a Tony Award and Drama Desk Award in 2008 for ”Xanadu”.   She was nominated for a Drama Desk Award and Outer Circle Critics Award in 2003 for “Hairspray”.  In 2003 she won the Clarence Derwent Award for Most Promising Female Performance in “Hairspray”.

The play takes place in Annie (Kerry Butler) and her husband Peter (Kelly AuCoin) apartment.  They are entertaining their African American friends Rebecca (Eisa Davis) and Drea (Crystal A. Dickenson).

Rebecca is telling them about her vacation to Africa.  Drea makes a comment she would have liked to have spent their honey moon by the beach.

Annie makes an announcement, they are thinking about adopting a baby.

Drea and Annie are both artists and are having upcoming shows of their art work.

Peter and Annie’s next door neighbor Alemu (Russell G. Jones) is a quirky gentleman from Africa.

The rest of the play revolves around the decision to adopt a baby from Africa and what happens.  Annie wants to get an infant but as it turns out the child they are offered may be around four.

This is a heartwarming story of a family’s need and desire to have a child and their friends who support them.

For a small theatre this is a great stage.  It rotates around as a living room and beyond, bedroom and outside the apartment.  The scenic designer for the show is Rachael Hauck.

The cast is outstanding and the chemistry sparks between them.

Kerry Butler shines; she touches your heart in a good way.   Crystal A. Dickinson does a great job especially in the comedy scenes.

This is one off Broadway show that is well written, has substance, fire and a message that it could be a hit on Broadway.  Why not, Broadway is only a few doors away.  

Don’t miss your chance to see it.

Review by Rozanna Radakovich

Photos by Annazor.

To read a candid interview with the cast, scroll down to the left for recent photos.  Click on recent photos for this and other shows.




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