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Theatre Reviews

For my mon­ey, this is the pin­na­cle of all the Shoe­string pro­duc­tions I have seen in the past, rivalled only by Wait­ing for the Parade, anoth­er show that Mau­reen Tag­gart directed. 

In Grace­land, two salt-of-the earth women vie for the hon­our of being the first Elvis fan to enter Grace­land. One, Rootie, is a child­ish bride, and the oth­er, Bev, is a child­less old­er woman who might have been Rootie when she was younger. Both have what they believe to be irrefutable claims to be the first in line, and ini­tial­ly sparks fly. This rival­ry might not seem to be a strong enough foun­da­tion on which to build a play, but for my mon­ey the two engag­ing char­ac­ters pulled it off.

Lau­ra Har­ri­son as Rootie and Mer­ri-Lou Pater­son as Bev are flaw­less as the unso­phis­ti­cat­ed yet com­plex women whose lives are a reflec­tion of The King’s aura, and they have great chem­istry togeth­er. Whether you are an Elvis fan or not, the script illus­trates how he entered so many lives.

Venue 10 — Plan­e­tar­i­um Audi­to­ri­um
Play Dram­e­dy
60 Min­utes
Play Dram­e­dy
Parental Guid­ance