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Best Director Fort Lauderdale and Palm Beach 2008 - J. Barry LewisThe Fourth WallPalm Beach Dramaworks

J. Barry LewisThe Fourth WallPalm Beach Dramaworks

J. Barry LewisThe Fourth WallPalm Beach Dramaworks

201 Clematis St.

West Palm Beach, FL 33401

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This paper wasn't very nice to The Fourth Wall. Essentially, we called it a beautiful, exciting failure. We were right, too. But The Fourth Wall was only a failure because its ambitions were so large, and raised our hopes to delirious, irrational heights. Now that we have some perspective, while we still wish writer A.R. Gurney had taken his own ideas a little more seriously, we can understand how stunningly those same ideas were realized by the folks at Palm Beach Dramaworks. The Fourth Wall was a show about citizenship and about holding oneself accountable to one's country and its yet-to-be generations. The metaphor was simple and perfect: in the play, to be a citizen was to be an actor. The Fourth Wall's protagonist was a woman who had torn the decorations from one of the walls of her living room — the fourth wall — and imagined that behind it lived an unseen audience who would judge her deeds. This is a heavy concept, but the humor, class, and pizzazz with which J. Barry Lewis brought it off made every deep idea come alive with showbiz sparkle. And so, although The Fourth Wall could be read as one of the most textually profound scripts produced in SoFla last year, it was actually funnier, and more fun, than just about any straight-up comedy the region had to offer. Good work, Mr. Lewis. More, please.

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Cliff Goulet
Cliff Goulet

I happened to be in West Palm on business, and stumbled into that small theatre and was pleasantly surprised..living in NYC, I see lots of theatre,but this very clever production would fit nicely in any off-B'way space. The direction and cast were excellent.

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