Echoes in the Garden

Arthur Aulisi, Cheri Wicks, Campbell Symes and Jake Roberson as Henry and Marion Hemmerich at different points in the characters’ lives. Publicity photos by Basil Rodericks.
A wonderful performance—except for two little things…

By Andrew Andrews

Retired white pastor Henry Hemmerich has been asked to deliver the golden anniversary sermon for the Reformation Church in Wyomissing PA, and he’s invited his daughter Ruth to attend despite his wife Marion’s objection.

Ruth hasn’t been home for nearly five years, having moved to New York City after graduating college and marrying a black man against her parents’ wishes.

When Ruth arrives with her young bi-racial son who’s never met his grandmother, Marion repeatedly expresses her disapproval of their presence as Ruth tries to force her to accept them and Henry tries to calm the situation.

With much of the back story of Henry and Marion’s early marriage performed by younger actors as the older characters watch and reminisce, Echoes in the Garden dramatizes the playwright’s own experience visiting his estranged grandparents in the early 1960s.

I had two small issues with our first preview performance—but rather than starting with the critique, let me tell you what I most enjoyed about it:

Thursday Farrar, Jace Swinger and Sarah Young in American Bard Theater Company’s production of Echoes In The Garden at The Chain Theatre in Midtown.

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Andrew Andrews attended Echoes in the Garden at Chain Theatre in New York on Wednesday, March 11, 2020 @ 7:00pm to write this review.

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