Roman Tragedy Octavia: A World Premiere 2,000 Years in the Making
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The last date listed for Octavia was Saturday November 5, 2011 / 8:00pm.
Reviews & Ratings
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This was quintessential community theatre. High marks for the translation, originality, and enthusiasm.
The acting (as is typical of community theatre) was uneven: the Nurse and Nero's mistress were strong and convincing; Octavia was weak to the point of annoyance (continually scrunching up her face, presumably to convey her anguish but looking more like she smelled a skunk).
The venue (Stone Cottage Theatre) is essentially a medium-sized community room, with about 40 folding chairs for the audience. This means there is no assigned seating and no bad seats. This also means that you need to use your imagination to "see" the full set and immerse yourself into the play. People who are used to very elaborate sets and costuming, or need more literal interpretations might have difficulty getting into the spirit of the play.
The production company sells wine (priced pay-what-you-can) and boxed candy before the play and during intermission. All proceeds are divided among the actors, so I encourage attendees to purchase generously.
Again, this was quintessential community theatre. It was fun to see a nice (though small) group of people interested in non-Broadway productions, both from an audience standpoint and an actor standpoint. The earnestness of the performers and genuineness of the audience were refreshing. I will definitely look for more productions in the future.
Quotes & Highlights
“Hail, Octavia…It’s quite fascinating to hear these words of an ancient tragedy, based on real-life happenings. Sonna keeps the dialogue and the pacing lyrical…MBS does a service by excavating a classical piece and making the case that it should have been studied and performed alongside the other great ancient tragedies.” —_Theaterjones.com _
_Octavia at MBS Productions is an engaging odyssey with strong performances and Sonna’s always notable use of tableaux and danceless choreography." 4 stars —_Examiner.com
About the Ticket Supplier: MBS Productions
MBS Productions specializes in “new theater.” In essence, every play or musical they do is a world premier. They are the only theatrical production company in North Texas that specializes exclusively in producing previously unseen works for the stage. They deem their audience to be the most adventurous, sophisticated, and eager, for they know that they’ll get to experience these new works.
MBS Productions was founded in 2004 by Mark-Brian Sonna when he produced the show, “Theatre of Death,” which was presented at the Teatro Dallas space for the Halloween season. The show consisted of six short plays dating from the middle ages through the present day, all dealing with death. Two of the plays were world premiers, three were new translations, and one was an adaptation of an existing work. This set the tone for what was to come. In 2005, they did a second show of “Theatre of Death” to kick off a 3-show season that carried them through the summer of 2006. In their 2006/2007 season, they presented five plays. They currently produce six shows a year, as well as assist and serve as consultants to other theater companies in developing and producing new and existing plays for their audiences.