|‘Of Mice & Men’ a major triumph at Cinnabar Theater
One of the best directors in Sonoma County, Sheri Lee Miller, is back at Cinnabar Theater with “Of Mice & Men.”
I have seen “Of Mice & Men” at least 30 times on stage and have to say Miller’s production is by far the best.
Casting is very important, and she has managed to cast this production flawlessly. The two leads are amazing.
Keith Baker as George and Samson Hood as Lennie act as if they have been friends for years.
This is the story of best friends George and Lennie, who find themselves unemployed in Depression-era California, unable to maintain a stable working pattern for long because of Lennie’s low mental capacity.
They soon get hired at the Tyler Ranch, working under the strict supervision of Curley, the boss’s mean-spirited son. After settling in and making friends, their world is ripped apart by tragedy when Curley’s beautiful but unhappy wife becomes the innocent victim of Lennie’s compassion.
The scenic design by Joe Elwick is awesome. I was amazed by the sound effects by Jim Peterson.
Not overdone like some shows I have seen recently. A live dog was used and usually animals in the theater upstage the actors but not in this show. Summer, the dog, was low key and not obtrusive at all.
The death scenes were handled very well. It takes a good director and actors to make these scenes believable, and we have professionals at work here.
The supporting cast was just as good as the two leads, especially Ilana Niernberger as Curley’s wife and Clark Miller as Candy.
I recommend this show to theater lovers of all ages, especially teenagers who have read the novel version in school recently.
This show sold out every seat in the first two weeks of its run, so I am happy to say it has been extended through April 13.
Show times are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Cinnabar is located at 3333 Petaluma Blvd. North in Petaluma. Call (707) 763-8920 for ticket information.