There are some shows that when done well always entertain. Garson Kanin’s BORN YESTERDAY is one of those plays. The secret is to have four strong leads, and the production at Actors’NET had very strong leads as well as a fine supporting cast. Under the solid direction of James Cordingley, the troupe brings this iconic play to life showing that its greater message is still valid today.
As Billie Dawn, Margaret DeAngelis puts her own personal stamp on a role that attracts only the most accomplished of actresses both amateur and professional. DeAngelis captures not just the characteristic nasal voice but an astonishingly nuanced development from an objectified concubine to a fully discerning, caring woman. Each step along the way is truthful and clear.
Marty Berrien as the educated reporter, Paul Verral captures both his glib political sophistication and his ingenuous attraction to his very attractive pupil, Billie.
He competes against the brutish Harry Brock (Jameson Bradley) whose lack of couth and sophistication allows him to bully those around him. Bradley captures the menacing Brock with consistency and quick temper.
The role of Ed Devery, Brock’s ever-inebriated lawyer often determines the overall success of a production. In the capable hands of Barry Abramowitz, Devery is a multi-layered, conflicted man who capitulates despite knowing better. He has many of the play’s funniest lines, and they all resonate clearly in this fine production. The remainder of the cast embraces their moments with the same enthusiasm as the leads.
Actors’NET, for those who have never been there, is a group that does not bemoan their physical and technical limitations, but instead embraces them as challenges. Challenges that they consistently overcome and often turn to dramatic advantage. BORN YESTERDAY continues until February 8. For tickets call 215-295-3694.
by Garson Kanin
Directed by James Cordingley
January 23 – February 8, 2015
Actors’NET of Bucks County
635 N. Delmorr Ave.
Morrisville, PA 19067