In the Bleak Midwinter
Shetler Studios & Theatres, Manhattan
By Andrew Andrews
There’s an old saying,
There’ve been movies about it, songs about it, and at least one book about it.
But is it true?
In her new play,
If you’re old enough, you may remember Lyman from TV’s Mama’s Family or the long-running daytime serial,
Now, Lyman’s playing the senior role, Elizabeth, with Abigail Hawk as her daughter Betsy and Jeanne Lauren Smith (whom we last saw in Rechnitz)
After Elizabeth is mauled by a hog, Betsy appears from the city to convince her to sell the old homestead and move to an assisted living facility in Florida.
But Elizabeth isn’t giving up so easily, and if she can’t convince her daughter (and durable power of attorney) that the house her great-grandfather built of the land is worth keeping, then maybe she can convince Liz and her boyfriend
And with the help of her long-time farmhand Christie (Shannon Stowe), the situation looks promising.
Co-starring Tim Bohn as Betsy’s husband Tom and Brennan Lowery as Jason, In The Bleak Midwinter challenges not only the aforementioned adage, but also notions about heritage preservation and
More importantly, it questions the way we treat our elders and the balance between acting
Everyone on the stage performs brilliantly for director Katie McHugh, and the set (Johanna Pan, Lindsey Fuori and Dan Wendel) depicting a farm house kitchen that hasn’t been updated since the 1970s spills out into the aisles without ever breaking the fourth wall.
You can literally even smell the family dinner!
So head on out to Gladstone Farm (by way of Theatre 54 at Shelter Studios) and let this story pull on your heart strings with some
Then come back here and tell us how it
Whether it challenges or confirms your stance on
Andrew Andrews attended In the Bleak Midwinter at Shetler Studios & Theatres in Manhattan on Sunday, September 9, 2018 @ 12:34pm to write this review.
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