Anne Flanagan’s ‘Artifice’

"It had to be a well written piece and one that had good parts for all of the actors. No spear carriers!" says playwright Anne Flanagan.

Artifice

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The cast of 'Artifice'

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Artifice

A Reva Shiner Comedy Award-winning play by Anne Flanagan


Bloomington Playwrights Project

December 3-18, 2010

812.334.1188

Anne Flanagan’s Reva Shine Comedy Award-winning play, Artifice, is at the Bloomington Playwrights Project.

An Artist’s Biggest Break: Death

In Artifice, struggling artist Payne Showers, played by Ethan Yazzie-Mintz, finally gets his big break: He dies. Fortunately, his death sends the value of his work skyrocketing. His long suffering widow Maggie (Emily Goodson) must auction it all off to avoid bankruptcy and – yikes! – a mob hit. But as the day of the auction approaches, it becomes clear that reports of Payne’s death have been greatly exaggerated.

Playwright Flanagan says of Artifice that, tiring of serious drama, she’d wanted to write a comedy. But it had to be “a well written piece, and one that had good parts for all of the actors. No spear-carriers.” Indeed, everyone has more than one moment in the sun in this often very funny show.

The Cast

Daniel Pietrie is engaging as the nervous gallery manager who seeks comfort in reciting a list of fabrics. Kelsey Sheppard has her moments as the Brooklyn accented, mock French maid clad bar tender. Derrick Krober is always on as an incredibly self-involved soap opera – whoops! – daytime drama actor.

Mary Carol Reardon has a lovely, icy-smooth exterior as a cutthroat newspaper publisher. Gerard Pauwels uses just the right amount of an accent as an Irish real estate broker and art buyer who may or may not have mob connections. Narrow eyed Margot Morgan is an almost serpentine presence as his egghead art critic for hire.

Under the direction of Tom Evans, Artifice is an entertaining and nicely worked-out farce that does get a bit overcrowded in the finale, but never takes itself too seriously.

George Walker

George Walker was born in Winchester, Virginia, and raised in Owl’s Head, Maine, and Valhalla, New York. After graduating from the University of Michigan, he came to Bloomington in 1966 and completed an M.A.T. degree in English at Indiana University. George began announcing for WFIU in 1967. Currently, along with regularly hosting classical music shows, he interviews artists in a wide variety of areas and reviews plays and operas. He’s the proud father of grown sons Ben Walker (and his wife Elise Katzif Walker) and Aaron Walker. In his time away from WFIU, George enjoys an active life with wife Carolyn Lipson-Walker, singing, reading, exercising and playing guitar.

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