Sunday, May 21, 2017

Gloucester Stage Company Presents The New England Premiere of "Bank Job" by John Kolvenbach - Through June 10th

To kick off its season, Gloucester Stage Company is presenting the New England Premiere of John Kolvenbach's slapstick comedy, "Bank Job." Director Robert Walsh has assembled a sextet of some of the area's finest comedic actors to tell the tale of a bank heist gone terribly wrong. Johnny Lee Davenport, Shuyl Jia, Richard McElvain, Paul Melendy, and Nael Nacer put themselves through a dizzying array of physical and emotional contortions as they tell the implausible tale of two brothers who set out to rob a bank and attempt to escape through a window in the Executive Washroom. The cop who runs them down in the bathroom stalls is quickly compromised, but then there is a plot twist when a female bank employee uses her wits to trump the robbers and the cop. The action is fast-paced. Mr. Kolvenbach's writing can be a bit formulaic, and the characters not all fully developed, but these fine actors make the most of the material, and deliver a thoroughly entertaining performance. 

Paul Melendy as Russell
Johnny Lee Davenport as Dale
Nael Nacer as Tracey
Shuyl Jia as Jill
"Bank Job" by John Kolvenbach
Gloucester Stage Company
Through June 10th
Photo by Gary Ng

About the Play 
For two brothers new to the armed robbery industry, what seems like easy money turns out to be a lot more difficult than it looks in the movies in John Kolvenbach’s Bank Job. When heist plans A and B (and C through F) fail, Tracey and Russell find themselves locked in the bank bathroom with no choice but to depend on a brave bank teller, a guileless cop, and the man in the shadows who put them up to the whole thing. Directed by GSC Artistic Director Robert Walsh, Bank Job is a fun comedy about the holes we dig ourselves into—and the unexpected comrades we trust to dig us out. 

The New England premiere of John Kolvenbach’s Bank Job runs May 19 through June 10 at Gloucester Stage. Performances are Tuesday through Saturday at 7:30 pm and Saturday and Sunday at 2:00 pm at Gloucester Stage Company, 267 East Main Street, Gloucester, MA.



ArtsEmerson Screens The Powerful "Chapter & Verse, Directed by Jamal Joseph - Through May 28th

ArtsEmerson is committed to bringing challenging and enlightening works of art to the stage and the screen. "Chapter & Verse" is the latest in this series of offerings, starring Daniel Beaty, who is known to Boston area audiences for his writing and for his acting.

This story of struggle and redemption in Harlem is gritty. One can almost smell the desperation as an excellent cast portrays the lives of men, women and young gang members clawing their way to survive one more day when the odds are stacked against them. This is an unblinking portrait lovingly portrayed that features an ending right out of Dickens' "A Tale of Two Cities."

There are six more opportunities to see this film at the Emerson Paramount in Downtown Crossing - this coming Wednesday through Sunday.

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"On the heels of the City of Boston officially declaring April 20th Daniel Beaty Day, and a neighborhood tour of his powerful one-person play, "Mr. Joy," ArtsEmerson is proud to announce an exclusive engagement of screenings of Beaty’s film debut, 'Chapter & Verse.' Directed by Jamal Joseph, a leader of the Black Panther Party who spent time in prison, and starting Daniel Beaty, Omari Hardwick, Loretta Devine and Selenis Leyva,  reflects upon what it means to forge your own destiny in an outwardly harsh society."

"After serving eight years in prison, reformed gang leader S. Lance Ingram (BEATY) re-enters society and struggles to adapt to a changed Harlem. Living under the tough supervision of a parole officer in a halfway house, he is unable to find a job that will let him use the technological skills he gained in prison. Lance is forced to take a job delivering for a food pantry where he befriends Ms. Maddy (DEVINE), a strong and spirited grandmother, and assumes responsibility for her 15-year-old grandson Ty, a promising student who is pulled into a dangerous street gang. When gang members decide to punish Ty for disobeying the “law of the streets,” Lance risks sacrificing his “second chance” at freedom so that Ty can have a “first chance” at a better life."