“In Austin, the family patriarch, [playwright Dan] Needles has created the kind of rich comic character who, like Falstaff in the Elizabethan era, leaves audiences wanting more of his company. He is the heart and soul of the play and Layne Coleman gives him the kind of bravura performance that for once makes the standing ovation at the curtain call perfectly appropriate,” writes Kelly Monaghan on his blog, The Intrepid Travelogue.
“Coleman’s performance alone would warrant a trip to Blyth, but [Director Severn] Thompson has surrounded him with lovely performances by Julie Tamiko Manning as Marion, Ray’s loving, long-suffering wife, Tony Munch as Ray, and Kurtis Leon Baker as Larry,” he writes.
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Cutline: The Team on the Hill, by Dan Needles, runs until Sept. 5. Larry (Kurtis Leon Baker), Leanne (Lucy Meanwell) and Austin (Layne Coleman) share a moment while out fixing fences in the field. Creative team includes: Severn Thompson, director; Kelly Wolf, set and costume designer; Noah Feaver, lighting designer; and Deanna H. Choi, sound designer. Stage management by Heather Thompson and Katerina Sokyrko. Photo by Terry Manzo.