Audience: Janice Stockl
An Acting Tour de Force Thursday's opening night of Sam Shepard and Patti Smith's Cowboy Mouth at The Broadwater was a masterful collaboration of acting, choreography, set design, and directing. Edgy superior acting by leads Julia Manis and Adam Navas drew the audience from the start into their complicated, emotional relationship. The intimacy of the play and the stage brings the audience into the ever-evolving relationship almost as if we were on the stage with them. The dancers, Sarah Polednak and Kandace Hurdle, were lyrical, physical accents transitioning and augmenting the scenes with great artistry and movement. The reading of Patti Smith's tribute to Sam Shepard after the play was a fitting, emotional connection and ending to the play. Kudos to the cast and to Harrison James, Charlene Westbrook, Steve Harrison and Kenton Parker for an exceptional production.