Here We Are
Dorothy Parker, the witty and urbane columnist of the New Yorker magazine in the late 1920s and 1930s, penned a short story, later a short play which turns on the awkward and endearing moments of a young couple as they embark on their honeymoon. This is a brief peek into the hearts of a man and a woman, all too human and all too real in the early moments of their marriage. The script is precious and funny and beautifully crafted. This play was the focal point of the benefit celebration of The Bay Theatre Company on June 20, 2003. These characters were brouht to life by Ian Wade and Rebecca Ellis as they climbed on the train to begin their life together. Their performances were graceful and polished and entranced the audience, who also enjoyed delicious light fare and the lovely waterviews from the Hobson Boat House on The St. John's College campus.
This production was not reviewed because it was presented as a showcase at our spring fundraiser.
For the second offering of The Bay Theatre Company, we tackled Oleanna. This David Mamet play is a challenging play, not only in topic, but in language. We faced an additional challenge when we lost one of our two actors after the play had begun rehearsals. With seventeen days left before opening night, Jim Gallagher took the role of John and not only managed to learn the difficult piece, but performed the role at its fullest. We are very proud of this production and feel it demonstrated the range of material which we intend to perform for our audiences.
"The troupe doesn't just walk through the drama. It triumphs, turning in a mesmerizing show... What Kirby and Gallagher accomplish is breathtaking. Both deliver nuanced portrayals that are devastating in their emotional authenticity, by turns restrained, bombastic and austere, all in appropriate measure to their characters' transformations and the unfolding drama of the plot. The polish in this performance offers high tribute to the insight, labor and talent of Kirby, Gallagher and director Merry-Browne. Together, they live up to founder Merry-Browne and Janet Luby's ideals, delivering a performance worthy of any of the regional theater companies in the Baltimore-Washington area."
—The Capital, February 19, 2003
"The play...thrives under the able direction of Lucinda Merry-Browne, artistic director of the Bay Theatre Company. With this offering, the fledgling ensemble makes a prodigious contribution to the local theatre scene."
—The Sun in Anne Arundel, February 27, 2003