Pec Playhouse presents a classic drama

Pec Playhouse presents a classic drama

By Edith McCauley

By Edith McCauley

Theater Critic

Pec Playhouse Theatre, an evolving and growing company, begins its 2002 season with Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie. The intensity of the drama and the characters drawn from Williams’ life challenge the most experienced professionals. Michael Dice accomplishes the task. Directing the small, but competent, cast, Rosemary Million as Amanda; Howard, her son Tom; Laura Keyes, her daughter, Laura; and Keith Emroll as the Gentleman Caller, Dice composes an evening of dramatic tension.

Amanda, the frustrated Southern belle, is an exasperated mother who compensates by reliving her past. The goals she never reached are those that she wants for her children. Tom longs to escape, and Laura, whose disability causes her to hide from the real world, are both a bitter disappointment. Million, Howard and Keyes play their roles with remarkable skill and give the audience a true picture of Williams’ vision. Emroll’s depiction of Tom’s acquaintance at work lends a sense of normality to the dysfunctional family.

Pec Playhouse Theater opens its new season with an upgraded theater space, a new lobby and corporate sponsors. Top Notch Building Supply and Pecatonica Pharmacy partially funded The Glass Menagerie, and German American Bank continues to be a major supporter.

Mark Kann, president of the board of directors, is a driving force behind the company, and his active board with its commitment to community theater, enriches the cultural and artistic life of Pecatonica and the surrounding community. The upcoming season includes … Madam’s Murdered, Tea Will Be Late, Oliver, Barefoot in the Park and Miracle on 34th Street. Other events include Children’s Theater Camps and a 90-minute performance by students of Cats.

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