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      Eldred delivers a solid ensemble performance with their latest, Stage Door

      Gillian Seaman

      Issue date: 4/10/09 Section: Focus
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      What is a dream worth? For the characters of Eldred's final spring production, Stage Door, it is a question they must continually ask on their journeys to stardom. The play, written by Edna Ferber and George Kaufman, chronicles the struggles of the Footlight's boarding house's actresses and their friends as they try to succeed.

      With a cast of thirty-two people, it is a huge production. However, the three female leads are all highly capable of distinguishing themselves from the rest of the cast. Emily Demko plays Terry Randall, the main protagonist of the play, brilliantly. Kathryn Metzger shines as Judith Canfield, Terry's bitter and sarcastic roommate, and Erin Wendell gives a moving but understated performance as Kay Hamilton, an abused woman desperately attempting to make a living.

      The numerous colorful inhabitants of the house also add depth to the play. Marisa Ross is captivating as the alcoholic Kendall Adams, who utters some of the most hilarious lines in the entire play. Margo Chervony plays the flamboyant character of Mrs. Shaw to its full effect and serves as a powerful reminder of the cost of fleeting success.

      While the women of Stage Door are excellent, the men find themselves dominated by their female counterparts. Jim Tomola and Aaron Byers play Terry's playwright boyfriend Keith Burgess and film producer ally David Kingsley. The two effectively depict their characters' moral transformation throughout the course of the play. However, though both deliver solid performances, Demko overshadows them in nearly every scene.

      Co-director Mark Alan Gordon agreed that the females occasionally outshine the men of the play. "Of course they do. I think Kauffman and Ferber definitely wrote it for the women because you will find that there are a lot more women in theater than men."

      The set and costuming are as remarkable as the performances. Gordon and Jensen have paid incredible attention to detail. The play's one set is intricate and features several rooms that add depth to the central action. "We definitely wanted a large parlor room and dining room off the back so we could have a bit of a shadow box," said Gordon, which greatly enlarges the Eldred stage.
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