A few minutes into the Saturday matinee of Michael Healey's three hander
the third character appeared onstage, the actor nearly unrecognizable
in a rumpled flannel shirt and sunbleached baseball cap. An older audience
member in the back row, not yet immersed in the story, murmured breathlessly,
reverentially, as if his favorite baseball player had stepped up to the
plate, "Hal Landon."
Indeed. Landon Jr. has more than earned the near-sports-legend
status and the adoration of his fans, yet with this production he outdoes
himself. As part generous-hearted, part martinet Canadian farmer Morgan,
Landon is immersed to his fingertips in the onstage life.
sounds fresh, his physicality is convincing: Landon could easily be both
fieldworker and nurse. Happily he is assisted by the finely detailed
work of Jimmie Ray Weeks as Morgan's mentally damaged buddy, Angus, as
well as the show's other star: James Youmans' farm kitchen set, its walls
semi-transparent to reveal the surrounding grassy fields.
Martin Benson directs this production tenderly, letting the feel of
farm life surround the characters and the audience, allowing the events
of the play to crest faultlessly, nurturing the Damon and Pythias relationship...