PLUS SINGER KAREN MASON (Advance)
|Mark Kenward's. CB & CO. photo|
THE MARSH BERKELEY PRESENTS
Author Actor Mark Kenward has the ability to make the ordinary extraordinary. The first Act tells the story of a very average family newly arrived in Nantucket.
Kenward tells us all about his family and a book that he wrote. That Book sparks the young man's story. He keeps the laughs building to the final curtain. To say he is brisk - and he is a marvel, is more than that -- he is like an Ocean Breeze.
The first Act sweeps us off to Nantucket. There he is with his strong story. The Nantucket Island almost throws Mark into the mean looking water. Sometimes he laughs - other times, he is not as happy as he would like to be. Seems to me that he would like to get off the Island.
Here is the story: Mark brings all his characters to life. He has a laid back fishing father, a perfect school marm mother, and a bratty younger sister.
Sandwiched between Act One & Two is a Picnic Dinner. Provided by Restaurant Gregoire which also makes the ordinary extraordinary. There was a generous choice of gourmet sandwiches. The corn beef was particularly succulent with lots of lean meat. I'm sure you'll get the nuance of Sandwich and the dinner. It's real! Ummmm tasty.
Now there is Act Two. This is where high drama and the Ocean almost knocks us out of our seats. His mother is pining for warmer climes. She goes beserk, when moms domestic problems peak. And they sure as hell do.
Dad ends up in a hospital when Mom does some major damage to Dad's body. Tsk, Tsk. What a shame. An eccentric but clever doctor patches him up.
Mom comes out of rehab cool, calm, collected & cooking up a storm. The family reject her and send her packing. Probably a wise choice. This is a riveting drama on a gray winter's day.
The performance received a well deserved standing ovation. Kenward gives us a unique performance with background music, video and clapping of hands. This is a Sand dune that you won't want to forget. And you won't forget the Seagulls and Sand Dunes along the beach.
HIGHEST RATING: Six Stars -****** or You can drink Six Glasses of Champagne******
Written and performed by Mark Kenward. Directed by Rebecca Fisher
Character work & additional Direction by Julia McNeal. Neat Video Installation by Alfonso Alvarez. Photography Exhibit by Matthew Carden. Graphic Design by David Caggiano
|Karen Mason. Photo cb-pr|
Some songs may be from the past -- but it brings back memories from Mason's gorgeous singing voice. Now-a-days she still has that great sound and great diction. But don't forget she brings us all the current tunes. I ran into her not to long ago -- and she was very happy go-lucky at the Venetian room. This of course is a advance story. So I won't tell you what will be on the list - but i'm sure looking forward to a spectacular evening this coming Sunday at the Fairmont Venetian Room (opening night Sunday Night - at 5pm)
If you have never heard or seen her you should get familiar with Karen. Now is that time - her incredible warmth and humor. But she also can really get that powerful voice going. Actually you feel like you are singing only to one person. You will be glued to the stage. She is one of the most loved cabaret artists around.
If they still had phone books around - Karen Mason could even sing them. She has the inspiration to do it. You know what? I don't know about you - but I do know that Karen will make you feel like you're getting a personal performance.
KAREN WILL BE AT THE FAMED VENETIAN ROOM AT THE GORGEOUS FAIRMONT HOTEL. YOU'LL LOVE ALL THE GLITTER IN THE MAIN LOBBY