A Write Teacher Review: Beautiful Province, by Clarence Coo

Hello Beautiful People,

Our founder was among the small but blessed crowd that got to see the first ever staged reading of Beautiful Province, by Clarence Coo, at the Claire Tow Theater at Lincoln Center. Check out what she has to say about the experience:

My experience attending the first staged reading of Clarence Coo’s newest play, Beautiful Province, was nothing short of wonderful.  It was, as a whole, a beautiful and thrilling evening…

Art was celebrated…

…Theatre was celebrated…

…NEW WORK was celebrated…

…Appreciated…

…Embraced…

…Lovely, lovely, lovely…

Beautiful Province, according to Playbill & sites like Theater Mania, Beautiful Province is the story of a road trip across Canada taken by a 15-year-old boy and his French high school teacher.

Was that what this play was about? Well, yes.

Do I think Coo was getting at something much, much, MUCH deeper? Yes.

At one point in the play, the character Mr. Green, played by the unbelievably talented Peter Francis James, tells Jimmy, (a truly mesmerizing performance by Jon Norman Schneider), that his life was never the same after his first lover, Andrew, died at the age of fourteen.

AH. Let me tell you, that hit every single member of that audience straight in the heart.

Straight. In. The. Heart.

And isn’t that what great theatre is all about? After all, how many of us have been affected by the loss of a relationship? To come across that one person that changes you for good…well, that’s just something that is universal.

While it was only a staged reading, the performances of Peter Francis James, Jon Norman Schneider, Steven Hauck, and Jesse James Keitel were superb.  To Cosmin Chivu, I must say…BRAVO!

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