Show Photos 2010-11

CANDIDA by G.B. Shaw

role: Rev. James Mavor Morell

produced by The ActorsNET of Bucks County

October 28 - November 13, 2011

TWELFTH NIGHT by Wm Shakespeare

role: Malvolio

produced by Shakespeare`70

at the Kelsey Theatre on the campus of

Mercer County Community College

July 1 - 10, 2011

OTHELLO by Wm Shakespeare

role: Iago

produced by The ActorsNET of Bucks County

June 10 - 26, 2011

directed by Cheryl Doyle

set design by George Hartpence

UNCLE VANYA by Anton Chekhov

role: Vanya

produced by The ActorsNET of Bucks County

January 28 - February 13, 2011

directed by Cheryl Doyle

set design by George Hartpence

"1776" by Sherman Edwards and Peter Stone

role: Edward Rutledge - South Carolina

produced by The ActorsNET of Bucks County

August 20, 21 & 22, 2010

directed by Cheryl Doyle

set design by George Hartpence

MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING by Wm Shakespeare

role: Benedick

produced by The ActorsNET of Bucks County

May 21 - June 4, 2010

directed by Janet Quartarone

set design by George Hartpence

Critical Praise for "OTHELLO" at ActorsNET

  

'Othello'

Actors’ NET takes on one of Shakespeare’s great tragedies

Date Posted: Tuesday, June 14, 2011 6:33 PM EDT

by Anthony Stoeckert


LET’S get right to the point, Actors’ NET of Bucks County’s staging of Othello is a major achievement, remarkable for a community group in fact. Give a lot of the credit to the actors, most of whom speak their lines with confidence and who actually act their roles rather than getting caught up Shakespeare’s language.


Despite its title, Iago is the play’s main character, at least in terms of driving the plot. Most of the story follows the villain’s scheme to convince Othello that Desdemona is having an affair with Cassio, leading to Othello’s destruction and Iago taking Cassio’s job.


George Hartpence is one of the area’s best community actors and his Iago doesn’t disappoint. Hartpence speaks his lines with such clarity and ease, as if he were having a conversation in a coffee shop — that is if a power-hungry warrior devised a plan to destroy everyone around him in a coffee shop.


Hartpence doesn’t resort to mustache-twirling villainy, he’s convincingly charming when dealing with Cassio, falsely loyal to Othello and intimidating and firm with his wife Emilia. Hartpence is so good I actually found myself buying Iago’s act, thinking he seemed like a decent sort. Hartpence does get his fun and powerful villainous moments during soliloquies, where his hatred for Othello and the world pour out of him.


Carol Thompson is Hartpence’s equal as Emilia, the wife of Iago (and Hartpence’s real-life wife). She’s also comfortable with the language and convincingly goes from dutiful wife to someone who realizes the awful truth of her husband.


Mort Paterson gives one of the night’s best performances as Brabantio, conveying the power of an influential man, the concern of a father and the anger of betrayal.  Too bad the character isn’t in the play beyond the first act because I could have watched Paterson all night.

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