TAKE ME OUT TO SEE TAKE ME OUT

Our girl about town–and avid theater-goer–Jenny Block went to see WaterTower Theatre‘s latest production, Take Me Out. Read on for her report:

Well, the folks at the WaterTower Theatre have outdone themselves–again. It’s cliche, I know. But there are no other (better) words for it. I went to see Take Me Out on Friday, and I actually had to stay and have a look at some of the actors off-stage. They were so convincing, that I imagined maybe they were just playing themselves. They weren’t. The piece itself is well-written, thoughtful, and unnerving. The set is very cool, complete with stadium lighting, working showers, and the ability to be several locations–plausibly–at one time. And the acting? I don’t know where to start. Clay Yocum was stupendous. I rarely get to use that word because I don’t use ’em when I don’t mean ’em. He was stupendous. Ted Wold blew me away, too. Christopher Illing, Butch Anderson, Timothy Davis, heck, the whole lot of them was terrific. I was riveted from start to finish. And I cried as hard as I laughed. One complaint: I didn’t like the last line. It seemed dismissive of everything the piece had worked to, and did, accomplish. Oh, and, in case you were wondering, the “locker room nudity” makes so much sense in the plot, it’s like seeing nudes in the art museum. Incredibly impressive nudes.

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