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"Ten Chimneys" by Jeffrey Hatcher

Saturday, May 26, 2012 7:00p

The fabulous Broadway couple, Lunt and Fontaine, are rehearsing Chekhov's "The Sea Gull" at their own country estate retreat in Wisconsin, Ten Chimneys, with their famous actor friends of the era, including Uta Hagen and Sidney Greenstreet. A valentine to great actors and great theatre!

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May 08, 2012 - audreyweltmankelly
Ten Chimneys

Ten Chimneys , a play written by Jeffrey Hatcher and directed by David Edgecomb is the latest production at Cyrano’s Theatre Company. This west coast premiere of Ten Chimneys runs from May 4 to May 27. The play follows the lives of theatre legends Lynn Fontanne and Alfred Lunt and is centered on the time they spent at their artist’s retreat which they named Ten Chimneys. This idyllic hideaway, located in Genesee Depot, Wisconsin, is where Lynn and Alfred always returned for summers after their season of productions. There they rested, socialized with theatre notables and prepared for their next play.
The play is set in 1938. Lynn Fontanne and Alfred Lunt are starting rehearsals to perform in Anton Chekov’s The Seagull and are hosting the other actors at Ten Chimneys. It starts when Lynn (played by Elizabeth Ware) and Alfred (played by Aaron Wiseman) receive Sydney Greenstreet (played by Jerry Dale McDonnell) at the estate. However Uta Hagen, an ambitious young actress (played by Tamar Shai) arrives quite mysteriously and unexpectedly to join the rehearsals for the lead role and sets out to win the affections of Alfred. This produces opportunities for Alfred’s mother, (played by Scarlet Kittylee Boudreaux) to indulge in manipulating everyone at Ten Chimneys including two other grown children who live nearby, Louise Sederholm (played by Ursula Gould) and Carl Sederholm (played by Jamie Nelson). A backstage love triangle develops which is suggestive of life imitating Chekov’s play. The result is a humorous and touching look at the actor’s lives off stage.
Everyone in the cast performs brilliantly. Elizabeth Ware is outstanding as Lynn Fontanne; she absolutely nails the role and for us becomes the definitive Lynn Fontanne. Aaron Wiseman is a wonderfully flamboyant Alfred Lunt. Scarlet Kittylee Boudreaux’s performance as Hattie is delightfully spiteful. Tamar Shai gives a polished performance as the ambitious and complicated Uta Hagen. Jerry Dale McDonnell credibly portrays the emotional and sensitive sides of the villainous character actor Sydney Greenstreet. Ursula Gould adds believable spunk to the underappreciated Louise Sederholm and Jamie Nelson is charming as the equally unappreciated Carl Sederholm. The play with its witty lines and entertaining dialog moves at a fast and succinct pace. Especially entertaining for us is the scene where Lynn and Alfred rehearse several times with escalating emotional tension using the realistic dialog techniques they are credited with having developed. The delightful set created by Margret Hugi-Lewis allows the audience to feel like another guest sitting on the grounds of Ten Chimneys watching the plot unfold.
Director David Edgecomb’s interpretation of Jeffery Hatcher’s work results in a wonderful evening of theatre and gives honor to the theatre legends Ten Chimneys portrays. This is a play one should not miss; a rare combination of superb acting by a seasoned group of Anchorage actors with a wonderfully crafted script. It’s not necessary to know the history of the Lunts theatrical career or Chekov’s The Seagull to enjoy this entertaining and interesting production.


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