2 Weekender Friday, October 21, 1977
'Equus' by Playmakers:
a sensational production
By PATRICIA C. GREEN
Equus is a success.
Equus is a remarkable success.
Few dispute the vitality of the text. Few
dispute the quality of the various Broadway
versions of that text (whose casts included
Anthony Hopkins, Anthony Perkins,
Richard Burton, Leonard Nimoy and Peter
Firth, among others). Few dispute that
By PAT GREEN
By Peter Shaffer
Equus is an extremely ambitious dramatic
undertaking for the newborn Playmakers
Repertory Compans (PRC).
Fewer still willdispuie the success of PRC's
current production ol Equus. This Equus
strikes new ground for the Playmakers
and for regional theatre.
If you saw it on Broadway you'll not be
disappointed by this production.
II you did not see it in New York this is
every bit as good.
PRC's version is successful because it
communicates the essence of Peter Shaffer's
wrenching psychological drama about a
tortured young man who blinds the horses he
That PRC is successful in recreating the
play's powerful images is largely due to the
professional talent involved in this
production. The cast is excellent. Without
exception, the actors successfully meet the
myriad challenges of their diverse roles.
Each performance sears us with a unique
impression of one individual struggling soul.
Each interaction re-establishes that his
play is indeed about "people who live in the
same house as if they lived in different parts
of the world." Andrew Davis shimmers with
the primitive vitality that is the psychotic
boy, Alan Strang. Frank Raiter and Ann
Shepherd play Alan's parents with depth and
sincerity. Shepherd's "every soul is itself
outburst is perfectly executed, the essence of
what this play is about. Michael Lipton
bring a wry warmth to the character of
Dysart, the doctor. Darrie Lawrence, as
Hesther Saloman, plays well opposite
Lipton. Jill Mason handles her nnde scene
(with Davis) with grace and integrity. David
Adams is superb as Nugget and the Young
Horseman. He need not speak a word to
create his character. The supporting cast and
"horses" mingled their characterizations
subtly and effectively with those of the rest of
This cast breathes new life into Equus
because these performers work together.
And together they etch indelible moments on
the audience's mind.
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One of the many confrontations between patient (Andrew Davis) and doctor
(Michael Lipton) in PRC's production of Equus.
That these moments do "snap together
like magnets" is a credit to the dramatic
vision and technical expertise of director
Tom Haas, scenic and lighting designer
David Glenn, choreographer Joy Javits and
costumer David Hearn.
PRC's Equus is extremely good. Critics
and theatregoers may seem extreme in their
praise of this production but "extremity"
is the point of Equus.
Equus runs through Oct. 30, with
performances Tuesday through Saturday at
8 a.m. and Sunday matinees at 2p.m. Tickets
are $4.50 and $4.90 and are on sale at the
PRC box office in Graham Memorial from
10 a.m. to 6 p.m..
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