By Steven Dietz
Set Design: Bob Lavallee
Costume Design: LaLonnie Lehman
Lighting Design: Frederick Uebele
Sound Design: David Lanza
Pictured: Jakie Cabe, Lydia Mackay, and Cara L. Reid
P R E S S & A W A R D S
Voted one of the Best Productions in Dallas Theatre for 2013 by Texas Arts and Culture Magazine!
DALLAS MORNING NEWS
I’m not making this up: ‘Fiction’ at Amphibian Stage Productions in Fort Worth is loads of fun... Lydia Mackay has played lots of great roles all over North Texas..her performance here, however, tops anything she has done before....No doubt New York based director Mary Catherine Burke, in her area debut, helped the actors bring off their intriguing interpretations.
This is an exceptionally well presented play...the acting and direction, by Mary Catherine Burke, in this production are absolutely first-rate.
Under the guidance of Director Mary Catherine Burke, and the scenic vision of Bob Lavallee, the play flowed organically...shifting constantly between past and present, with many addresses directly to the audience, in other hands it might have become a confusing mess. Burke clearly defined each step, whether forward or back, along the way, and her and Dietz’s intent in balancing the fact from the fiction was never more evident. The grace in which each of the three moved through the space was proof of Burke’s complete understanding of the play.
- MARY L. CLARK
In unskilled hands, these are characters who might have audiences rolling their eyes by the second scene. But by digging out every bit of warmth and humor from a script that could read as a bit detached and brittle, New York-based director Mary Catherine Burke and the actors of this nimble company manage to bring it off in style.
The truth about “Fiction”? Amphibian’s production rises to the challenge. Bob Lavallee’s multi-level thrust set drives the reality v. fiction quandary with visual acuity. Hauntingly ephemeral as it leads the eye upstage through contemporary-styled portals with cool lighting, in contrast it reveals increasingly detailed elements with office and home “realities” downstage bathed in warm glow. New York based Director Mary Catherine Burke chose a capable cast that follows the conceit and keeps its audience engaged and interested. Find delight in the engaging, entertaining production director Burke and her creative team have crafted. That’s the honest truth.