-- Review --
May 10, 2010
Bringing Tom Sawyer to life at Hartford Stage
By Mary Majerus-Collins, Reporter, Youth Journalism International
and Yelena Samofalova, Junior Reporter, Youth Journalism International
The show used only a couple of roll-on pieces of scenery, with Tom’s famous fence as the main piece on stage. The fence played many roles, among them being a barge and serving as an extension of McDougal's Cave where Tom and his friend Becky Thatcher get lost.
Louisa Krause, who played Becky Thatcher, did a marvelous job expressing many drastic emotions throughout the play.
At the beginning, everyone was dancing and running around happily and Tom, played by Tim McKiernan, was swinging on a rope! Then, in the dark cave, the mood turned very gloomy and mysterious.
All throughout the play, Tom and Huck’s clever jokes got everyone laughing, but some moments were dark and frightening, with Injun Joe, his threats and scary, violent acts.
The show comes to an exciting end when Tom and Huck find Injun Joe’s treasure hidden in McDougal's Cave.
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