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.
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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