Highlighting the second and final weekend of Hater at HSU is the appearance of Samuel Buggeln, the New York director who translated Moliere's The Misanthrope to create this play. He will lead the talkback after the performance on Friday at Gist Hall Theatre, and will talk and answer questions in the Studio Theatre on Saturday from 3 to 5 p.m. He'll then host a potluck for members of the production.
As Celine, Johani Guerrero commands the stage, and has complete control of her moments. The payoff was the utter silence in the audience at the end, when things turned serious. Charlie Heinberg has never been more effectively physical--but with Michael Fields directing you expect a physical production. Mark Teeter is a revelation--he's not only skillful and confident in his outrageous characterization, but he was relaxed enough opening night to improvise with a prop accident. Andreina Loaiza also performed with very effective skill and style. The ensemble started out with a shaky entrance onto the fashion show runway set on opening night, but they loosened up quickly. By now this show should be glittering.
Update: Reports are that Hater had a very successful second weekend, with packed houses of enthusiastic and engaged audiences.
Produced by HSU Theatre, Film & Dance, Hater completes its West Coast premiere with performances on Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m. in the Gist Hall Theatre. More information on Buggeln (including how to pronounce his name) as well as the production at HSU Stage & Screen.
The other big theatrical event on the HSU campus this weekend is the 40th anniversary show of the Humboldt Light Opera Company on Saturday at 7:30 in the Van Duzer. Tunes from the last nine productions plus a sneak preview of this summer's show center the festivities. I'll be there.
Advance tickets are available at Holly Yashi and Threadbare Dancewear in Arcata, at Parasol Arts in Eureka, and online at hloc.org.
The Pitmen Painters plays its last weekend at Redwood Curtain. Final performance is Saturday.