Critics Are Raving About GREY GARDENS!
Grey Gardens has been scarce since its Broadway run in 2006-07, but now is exquisitely revived by Pittsburgh’s Front Porch Theatricals, with a perfectly cast Daina Michelle Griffith leading the way. The revelation for Front Porch audiences is Kaylie Mae Wallace, a West Allegheny High grad, Gene Kelly Award nominee and a rising sophomore at the University of Michigan.
Front Porch Theatricals presents the Pittsburgh premiere of Grey Gardens and this production, as per their usual, is a showcase for a wealth of richly talented local artists and craftspeople. I don’t think there’s anyone else I would have wanted to see tackle this role than Daina Michelle Griffith. Even if you’ve marveled at her past performances (and I have) you’re still not prepared for the shattering desolation she creates onstage. Her performance is a tribute to both the memory of Little Edie but also the power of musical theater.
The production staff behind the work should be lauded too, as Robyne Parrish directs. With the sole scene change taking place between acts, Johnmichael Bohach's two designs encapsulate the mood of the show while Julianne D'Errico's costumes reveal more of each character than words have to offer.
Front Porch Theatricals has established themselves as THE boutique theatre company that relishes taking on complex, richly layered and challenging shows. Once again, Front Porch earns its marks with this production of Grey Gardens. Director Robyne Parrish and the producers have brought together an incredibly talented group of actors and designers. Parris brings out the best of them, showcasing both the material and their interpretive talents.
"Everything works” in Front Porch Theatricals’ latest production, GREY GARDENS the musical, directed by Robyne Parrish, playing at The New Hazlett Theater through August 26th, 2018. Get Lonnie the Theatre Lady’s take on the experience here tonight on ‘Burgh Vivant. For tickets and more information, visit www.frontporchpgh.com. Photos by Deana Muro.