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November 16, 2010 > Theatre Review: A Tale for Every Fool

Theatre Review: A Tale for Every Fool

By Lauren Dunn

Every individual can relate to brief, and sometimes not so brief, moments of stupidity. However once one overcomes a setback, persevering through the challenge and ultimately gaining strength from the experience, clarity is achieved. American High School's fall production, "Fools" by Neil Simon, captures the innocence and perseverance of the cursed Russian village, Kulyenchikov.

Plagued by stupidity for over 200 years, schoolteacher Leon Tolchinsky (Zachary Wentworth) arrives in Kulyenchikov, hoping to release the villagers from this burden. Hilarity ensues as Tolchinsky attempts to bring sense to the senseless and give his heart to the most confused villager of them all, Sophia Zubritzky (Sharon Shoa).

Director Troy River captures the silliness of the comedic fable, "Fools," through an immensely talented cast. Seniors Joshua Robertson (Doctor Zubritsky) and Katy Patterson's (Lenya Zubritsky) comedic timing is impeccable. Throughout the play, they work together and feed off each other's energy, garnering many laughs. Senior Jeremy Griffith's (Count Yousekevitch) refreshing confidence as the Fools foe, somehow manages to win the affection of the audience through his sassy and suave personality.

The joy exuded on stage, displayed by the hilarity of the actors, is complemented by a colorful set. Bright contrasts and costumes add to the play's quirkiness along with various shapes of village buildings.

Junior Zachary Wentworth's (schoolteacher Leon Tochinsky) episodes of thought, brilliantly display the vulnerability and struggle of his character. Jeremy Griffith (Count Yousekevitch) feeds off the energy of the audience by engaging them with prose and direct questioning. The audience acts as a collective, enriching the comedy with deafening applause.

One would be a fool, not to attend American High Schools endearing fall production.

Fools
Nov 18, 19, and 20
7 p.m.
American High School
Theater 70
36300 Fremont Blvd., Fremont
(510)796-1776 ext. 57702

Students and Seniors: $8
General Admission: $10

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