Noah’s Arkansas

Jerrod Bogard’s tough take of family, Noah’s Arkansas is having it’s world premier down at the Wings Theatre on Christopher Street. On basically a one-room doublewide mobile home set, plopped right down there in the dusty environs of Arkansas, trouble unfolds, secrets are revealed, lusts are denied, but mostly life is lived by this excellent 6-person cast in what, at times, becomes quite a physical two hours. Noah’s Arkansas centers around a son Michael, played by Michael Komala coming to live with his father Wayne for the summer, played with true depth by Justin Ness. Believe me, things are not as simple as my one sentence description would have you believe and that’s what I especially like about this play, I never knew where it was going. At one point I thought I had the Riggins family’s dilemma all figured out, then things meandered somewhere else (and maybe a bit too long in the first act, but that’s my only criticism). What happens from the slow introduction of characters in the first act to an excellently directed last scene in act two, happens organically over two hours, with the audience never feeling led by either playwright Bogard or director Neil Fennell. While the entire cast is near perfect, for me Kristin Sky Hoffmann’s Lizzy deserves special mention. Playing until May 15th, get down, buckle up and immerse yourself in the Wide Eyed Production of Noah’s Arkansas at 154 Christopher Street at the Wing’s Theatre. For more information and tickets, visit www.WideEyedProductions.com or call (212) 300-5939.

Ralph Greco, Jr.

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