There is so much to do in New York City. There is a ton of talent in this great city and everyone is doing wonderful things. I write this because this week I had the pleasure of joining a couple of friends to see the Drawer Boy as produced by Oberon Theatre Ensemble. One of the actors who is a core member of the Ensemble works with my friend and we decided to support their endeavors by going out to see it. I had no idea what to expect and boy did I thoroughly enjoy everything about the performance from the story to the acting to the simple layout of the set.
The Drawer Boy is a wonderful play by Michael Healey. This production was directed by Alexander Dinelaris and features Alex Fast as Miles, Brad Fryman as Morgan, and William Laney as Angus.
Set in summer 1972 on a farm in central Ontario, Canada, this is a beautiful and heart-wrenching piece. Morgan (Mr. Fryman) and Angus (Mr. Laney) are old friends who share a farmhouse in the countryside. Miles (Mr. Fast), an actor and writer comes to the farm looking to live and work as he learns about farming so he can write his own play. We learn that for several years Morgan has been the caretaker of Angus, who has impaired mental abilities. It takes Miles, the stranger and outsider, to reveal the real story behind the old friends’ relationship.
Mr. Laney’s performance is unforgettable. From what I understand about the play, Mr. Healey’s character of Angus is supposed to leave you wondering about how much potential the character has. Mr. Laney’s portrayal of this confused, child-like character hits this mark right on the spot.
Hurry quick to see the show as “The Drawer Boy” continues through March 23 at the June Havoc Theater in the Abingdon Theater Arts Complex, 312 West 36th Street, Manhattan; (866) 811-4111, oberontheatre.org.
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