The Diary of Anne Frank begins its second weekend tonight 4/18/13 and runs tonight, Friday night and Saturday night. The review of the show in the local paper appears here. Chair and Professor Emeritus Steve Rees had this to say about the show:
Mary and I just returned from the matinee performance of what was perhaps one of the finest productions we’ve ever seen on the Marvel stage. It was one in which every performance and production element worked in concert with each other to provide a most moving afternoon of theatre. We’re so pleased that we were witness to it. Good theatre is always a matter of the choices individuals make to create a whole and in this instance, no one made any (at least apparent) poor choices. Bravo to everyone who had a hand in making this production a
And a 2000 Fredonia alum, who was not a theatre major, had this response:
Friday night I had the honor of experiencing the Fredonia Theater and Dance Department’s Production of “The Diary of Anne Frank.” The show was amazing and truly first rate. I graduated from Fredonia in 2000 and have seen many performances on campus, and this has to be one of the very best I have seen.
The costumes, set design, lighting were brilliant not to mention the stellar, professional, and inspired performances by the actors left me amazed that this was accomplished by students. There were a couple of performances that really stood out and that was the gentlemen who played Otto Frank. He was able to capture the essence of a father who needed to be strong for his family, who held tight to his convictions, and a man showed compassion for others. In the biographies the man who played this role gave credit to his father for being such a wonderful model and you could see that in his performance. The other stand out moment was the interaction between Anne and Peter; even though they are trapped they have such innocence and playfulness in their courting that I found quite refreshing. The two actors played off of one another flawlessly.
The other moment that truly got the attention of the audience was at the end, when you chose to forgo the curtain call. I think it was a bold choice and showed your respect to the work and the lives of the people in the play. It left me reflective and how this story transcends time and is still relevant in our world today. It is productions like these that show what a great school for the Arts Fredonia is. This was a first rate production that you Ms. Hillman should be very proud of, as well as all of the students that contributed to its success. I am very proud that the bar keeps rising and the quality of material is second to none. Keep up the good work and I look forward to your future productions.
Robert Egan ‘00
As you can see, the show is having a great effect on audiences. Make sure you get a chance to see this production before it closes this coming Saturday.