Once again, Artists Ensemble brings quality acting and direction to the stage. It was a real treat to see Barry Nyquist on stage in Rockford once again. Nyquist portrays Phil Gorski, and Pat Staaf plays his wife, Emily. Staaf is lovely in the role. David Gingerich plays the son, Andy Gorski, who is bringing to his Polish Catholic family a nice Jewish girl, Randi Stein, played by Betsie Swartz. Martin McClendon has the very demanding dual role of Mickey Gorski. Thats all I can say about that, dont want to give it away. Richard Raether has done a tremendous job of casting and directing.
Im thrilled there is a new holiday play to add to the mix. Greetings, by Tom Dudzik, features a great mix of comedy, drama and hopefulness. The message is inspiring: do little things differently each day. At the holidays, it is so easy to overdo. We overspend; we overeat, causing us our own stress. The little things are what can make us the happiest, a surprise greeting from an old friend, a stranger holding the door for us, a loved one telling us they love us for no apparent reason. I encourage you all to practice random acts of kindness this holiday season, even when it isnt easy.
For those of us who still believe in the mystery and magic of Christmas, this is a must see. Artists Ensemble has produced a show that is quite out of the ordinary. When you go, bring your imagination. I promise it will bring back a feeling of how, once in your life, you simply believed, and your wildest dream came true, even if it was only for a fleeting moment. Greetings runs through Dec. 18. Call today for tickets: 266-4100.
Anne E. OKeefe is executive director of the Rockford Area Arts Council.
From the Dec. 14-20, 2005, issue