Mad River Rising a highly introspective drama contrasting the ideas of the past life in rural America with the present today urban growth. Family obligations and responsibilities differ as one views through the looking glass of a generational divide. A production by Dana Yeaton under the direction of Blake Robinson opened on October 22, and continues through November 14, 2015.
Theatre patrons will love the richness of the characters; they are multidimensional. They are humorous at times, frustrating, heartwarming, driven, hopeful, and stressed with the pressures of care for the aging family.
Angus Stewart was one of the most delightful characters raised on the family farm just like his father and grandfather the land connects the family to its roots and where you make a living. He went through many chapters in his life, including surviving the great flood of 1937. He is stubborn, driven and mischievous, humorous and arrogant at times, but you can’t help but love him. Seasoned Actor Robert Hogan performs this role with genius, and skill brings to it a realistic flare. He has many notable credits both in theatre, film and television. On Broadway, he was in performances of A Few Good Men, Hamlet, and Blood and Gifts, on HBO in movies, Too Big Too Fail, A Good Marriage, Welcome to Academia, Species II and Lady in Red, and on television Law and Order, Hill Street Blues, and Mash among others. He pulls upon this experience in Mad River Rising and makes it a truly winning performance.
Charlie Stewart the grandson of Angus, works as a business management consultant, lives in Chicago a true jet setter, traveling around the country stressed out, loves the urban city lifestyle & cultural. He has his troubles a trouble marriage but cares about family his grandfather and his son’s future.
Grant Goodman returns to the Cincinnati Playhouse where he performed as Aramis in The Three Musketeers in 2012. He has many theatrical credits some of which include appearing as Leontes in The Winter’s Tale at Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival and The Merchant of Venice for The Theatre for New Audience on National tour. Grant is displays very proficiently how his character feels ensnared trying to juggle all aspects of his life, the past his grandfather unable to get him to modernize or move forward to contemporary society, so he can save his independence and way of life. Furthermore, how he is trying to keep his expected role as a bread maker or wage earner for himself and his son in the city. He is caught between two worlds.
Marie the daughter in law of Angus the overstressed relative who has been the caretaker of him and the family farm. However, that role has become cumbersome and believes that Augus belongs in home. She argues with Charlie Stewart as to the best way run Angus life. Shelia Tousey was very convincing, driven and lively in this role and her performance was over the top.
This performance is heartwarming with a lot of depth, and explores the complex issue of care and concern for an aging population. It is a performance that is well worth viewing. More information is available on this show at www.cincyplay.com