Friday, February 25, 2011

Everybody's Talkin'... Michael Hall returning to the theater he founded to direct its latest play.  Next Fall opens today at the Caldwell Theatre Company, and both the South Florida Theater Review and The Palm Beach ArtsPaper have stories up about it.

The ArtsPaper reveals how Hall found the play:
As he often did on scouting trips to New York,‭ ‬he called up two of his favorite actresses‭ ‬--‭ ‬Pat Nesbit and Vicki Boyle‭ ‬--‭ ‬who had appeared often on the Caldwell stage over the years,‭ ‬and asked them what they should see.‭

“Nesbit said,‭ ‬‘Well,‭ ‬a friend of mine has written a play.‭ ‬I was on tour with him in‭ ‬‘Biloxi Blues.‭’’‬ So they bought tickets and we went,‭ ‬not knowing anything about it.‭ ‬At intermission,‭ ‬we just kind of looked at each other,‭ ‬saying,‭ ‬‘Wow,‭ ‬this is‭ ‬wonderful,‭’‬ ” and Hall began working on getting the performance rights to‭ ‬Next Fall for the Caldwell.
The Theater Review tells us that it's the play is a reunion of sorts:
The proverbial icing is that Nesbit agreed to return in the role of the stricken man’s vivacious mother and, in yet another surprise, Seattle actor Dennis Bateman returns as the man’s born again father. Bateman also was in the Caldwell’s first season’s South Pacific.
And the ArtsPaper on what it's like to be back:
If there is one thing that Hall is certain of,‭ ‬it is that he has enjoyed getting back into the director‭’‬s chair.‭ “‬It‭’‬s sort of like old times,‭ ‬because I never really left.‭ ‬I‭’‬m usually here once or twice a week,‭”‬ he says of the Caldwell.‭ “‬(New artistic director‭) ‬Clive‭ (‬Cholerton‭) ‬and I find ourselves e-mailing at‭ ‬3‭ ‬o‭’‬clock in the morning.‭ ‬It‭’‬s been really good to be able to do the things that I have wanted to do,‭ ‬and then be able to step back and direct a play.‭”
Next Fall plays at the Caldwell Theatre Company through March 27.

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