2002-04-27 / Community

A Baker’s Dozen’ Is Smash Hit The Wave Reviews Local Theater

A Baker’s Dozen’ Is Smash Hit
The Wave Reviews Local Theater

It was standing room only at the final performance of The Little Globe Theater’s production of "A Baker’s Dozen" last week. The play closed Sunday, April 21, to a standing ovation and thunderous applause. The audience was treated to a banquet of delicious sweets that complemented this collection of evocative theatre.

Twelve aspiring Rockaway actors performed "13 Delicious Scenes" from "All My Sons", "Amadeus", "Angel Street", "The Colored Museum", "The Good Doctor", "Gypsy", "The Lark", "Little Victories", "The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe", "Spoon River Anthology", and "A Streetcar Named Desire".

This was a debut appearance for many of the actors. It began as an acting workshop under the tutelage of Mario Martone. "All I wanted to do was have fun and feel more comfortable on stage," said Susan Locke, Wave Publisher, "but Mario encouraged us to be more. I never really expected to act on stage but here I am."

The players included Barbara Berg, Martha Caccia, Joe Canizio, Donna Christine Gueren, Susan Hartenstein, Susan Locke, Sandra Overstreet, Rona Prince, Larry Rossi, Jaqui Smith, Rebecca Torres, and Sue Wilson.

Blanche Dubois (A Streetcar Named Desire) was a dream role for Martha Caccia and she delivered it with expertise and emotion. Caccia studied at NYU, HB Studio and The Brooklyn Conservatory of Music and has been seen in "Virginia Woolf", "Fiorello", and "Guys and Dolls".

Sue Wilson made her debut as St. Joan of Arc (The Lark). She will be playing Maggie in the Rockaway Theatre Company’s production of "Lend Me A Tenor". Rebecca Torres, another stage neophyte, played two tremendous roles, Gypsy Rose Lee, opposite Rona Prince who played her mother, and as Anastasia, opposite Barbara Berg, who played her Romanov grandmother. All three gave superb performances. Prince, performing since childhood, studied at Brooklyn College, and was seen in the Rockaway Theater Company’s "Rockaway Café." Berg, acted in the Bayswater Players’ production of "Prisoner of Second Avenue" and in the Sam Levinson Theater production of "Cactus Flower." She has written, directed and produced children’s plays for more than a decade. Also new to the stage, Jaqui Smith gave a stellar performance describing her loss of love, innocence and life as she knew it (A Streetcar Named Desire). Larry Rossi, seen in Rockaway Theater Company productions, gave an earth shaking performance as Salieri (Amadeus). Susan Locke has never appeared on stage before but you’d never know it from her touching performance as Kate (All My Sons).

Donna Christine Gueren studied acting at Brooklyn College. She gave an electrifying and exciting performance in "Angel Street" opposite Larry Rossi. She has been seen in the Rockaway Theatre Company’s productions of "Guys and Dolls" and "Come Blow Your Horn". Sandra Overstreet is a writer and stage manager. She is thrilled to be acting again as evidence by her performances as Normal Jean in "The Colored Museum" and in "Spoon River Anthology".

Susan Hartenstein brought the house down in the finale of each act. The first act ended with "The Search For Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe" in which she waits to meet aliens from outer space. The second ended with "The Good Doctor" where she played opposite Joe Canizio. Both Hartenstein and Canizio are experienced actors who have performed in Rockaway Theatre Company productions.

This ensemble was directed by Mario Martone, whose long theatrical career has run the gamut of serious plays, musicals and reviews, representative of the tapestry of human experience ranging from the absurd to the sublime.

The Little Globe Theater will offer workshops for adults and children in the art of the theater, as well as performances in classical and original plays. All events will take place at the First Congregational Church, 320 Beach 94 Street. Adult acting and directing workshops will be conducted by Mario Martone.

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