Review On At The Table


Bill Reese

Non-Registered Critics

The bottom line: the entire ensemble does extraordinary work with this play.

Director Judith Moreland, with assistance from Justin Lord and contributions from Nina Sallinen and Dolann Adams as well, navigates the rough waters especially inherent in its most raw moments. She doesn’t shirk the opportunities for laughter, though, that are everywhere apparent. The challenge of orchestrating the rhythms of the play in overlapping conversations and pacing in general registers as a commendable achievement in my book. Likewise, the set design of Brian Graves tastefully fulfills the promise of the script. Well done. - Highly recommended

This critic’s landscape reaches near and far with experiences in entertainment, dining and travel that have simmered for a span of at least 50 years on both coasts. Bill’s focus now centers on Southern California and its treasures peeking from beneath those gyrating palms so prevalent in those enticing touristy ads.

The foundation of my expertise hops, skips and jumps around, encompassing both undergraduate and graduate degrees from respected state and private universities on the east coast with concentrations in Speech, Theatre, Reading, Social Studies and English. A twenty-five year career in secondary education buttresses my expertise for this blog including a multitude of hands-on directorial achievements with major theatre productions in an educational setting. Further, as a theatre enthusiast, I regularly travel to NYC, feasting on a potpourri of several hundred Broadway shows. These memorable experiences foster not only a booming creative growth, but also a thirst for theatre history and traditions as well.

New horizons eventually beckon in the direction of the Pacific Ocean and my wife and I transplant ourselves to the San Diego, CA region in order to be closer to our extended family (3 boys, their spouses and five grandchildren). Along the way, two different theatres receive the benefits of my expertise in the House Management arena including a “for profit” resort theatre and a major regional theatre – La Jolla Playhouse.

And here I am, anxious to share a lifetime of drama with my readers as I plunge into the next adventure by land, by air and by sea. At times the journey may be dizzying, but it clearly will be enervating for all.