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balm

gilead

in

written by lanford wilson

“Director Leon Shanglebee and his merry band of 27 cast members and onstage musicians score points for tackling this unrelentingly offbeat script. The troupe pulls no punches in this psychosis-laden story set in and around a 1960s New York ghetto cafe. …imagine Hot L Baltimore on smack…The whole thing feels like a heroin-laced bowl of oatmeal… Shanglebee has assembled a core of strong talent."

BACKSTAGE WEST

Dink O'neal

June 9. 2005

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“Leon Shanglebee’s superb direction distinguishes this revival of Lanford Wilson’s 1965 play about the patrons of a seedy Needle Park diner. Updating the action to 1973, Shanglebee adeptly captures what Wilson found so fascinating about street life but wisely refrains from sentimentalizing or glamorizing the characters."

LA WEEKLY

RECOMMENDED

Sandra Ross

Jun. 9. 2005

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Cast

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Gary
Poux

as Joe

JJ
Pyle

as Darlene

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Christian
Levatino

as Dopey

Karen Maxwell
as Ann

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Alex Knudsen
as Fick

Naiman
Norris

     as 
The Voice

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Misty 
Hairston

as Rust

Michael 
Flowers

as Rake

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Mary
Kelsey

as Judy

Jason
Rice

as Franny

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Sarah
Jones

as Bonnie

Shira 
Lane

as Babe

Sierra
Fisk

as Kay

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Corey
Womack
as Terry

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Matt
Carmody

as Xavier

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Mancini
Graves

as Bob

Joel
Roman

as Ernesto

Matthew 
Heron

as David

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James

Gilbert

as Martin

Bob

Mitsch

as Carlo

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Ryan

Honey

as Al

Colin

Day

as Tim

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Tee C.
Williams
as Frank //
The Stranger

Trent Hopkins    as John

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Senim

Silla

as Tig

introducing

The Band

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George

Joseph

Gordon

as Fingers

John 
LaFave
as Sticks

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Kevin 
Sousa
as Mugs

and
Bobby

as Bobbie

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