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Dreamwell Theatre continues Taboo season

BY SAMANTHA GENTRY | OCTOBER 07, 2010 7:20 AM

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Actors have many advantages. Not only do they change personas for each production, they are allowed to act like idiots and get away with it. And for actor Kevin Moore, that is the best part.

Moore, along with five other performers, is one of the six main characters in the play View from the Bridge.

After six weeks of three-hour daily rehearsals, View from the Bridge will début at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Unitarian Universalist Society, 10 S. Gilbert St. The show will continue through Oct. 16 with performances at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Admission is $8.

View from the Bridge is a 1950s tragedy focused on the life of Eddie Carbone, who is unhappily married and madly in love with niece Catherine. When Catherine falls in love with Rudolfo, an illegal immigrant from Italy, Eddie becomes very envious, and his actions lead to devastating consequences.

Rip Russell of Des Moines plays Eddie, who serves as the father figure in the play.

“Eddie is in his mid-40s, and he’s a longshoreman from Brooklyn,” Russell said. “He’s very protective and infatuated with his niece, but he’s also annoyed with Rudolfo because he thinks he has motives to be with Catherine.”

Russell, who graduated from the University of Iowa, has acted for more than 35 years, but this is only the second play he has done with Dreamwell.

View from the Bridge is quite a large production for Dreamwell — it has a 16-person team, director Krista Neumann said.

“I saw it 12 years ago in New York, and I loved how the themes sneaked up on me,” she said. “I couldn’t wait to direct it in Iowa City because even though it’s a tragedy, there are funny moments as well.”

Neumann is originally from Ojai, Calif., where she directed with her own company, T4.com. She is new to Iowa City; View from the Bridge is the second production she has directed here.

For 12 years, she has made a living acting, and she has performed in such cities as Minneapolis, Los Angeles, and Chicago.

While she’s new to Iowa City theater, Neumann worked with cast member Moore in South Pacific.
In View from the Bridge, Moore plays Marco, Rudolfo’s older brother, who is also an illegal immigrant.

“He came to America because he wants to make money to send back to his wife and children in Italy,” Moore said. “He is a lot more serious than his brother but also very protective about Rudolfo.”

Rehearsals have been difficult for the cast members because they’re only allowed on the performance stage the week of the show’s début.

While the Unitarian Universalist Society may not be the ideal place to host a performance, it does act as a small intimate theater for the cast.

“People will find the show very entertaining,” Neumann sad. “I know that it’s going to be very good, because we have such as fabulous cast.”


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