by Alex Misiti
The Falcon’s Eye Theatre is back and they’re closing their sixth season with Ken Ludwig’s Treasure Island. It is directed by David Harris, head of the Department of Theatre and Cinema at Folsom Lake College. Treasure Island is a coming of age story about a young boy named Jim Hawkins and his journey to find Treasure Island. Along the way, he meets up with Long John Silver, who may not be the man that he appears to be.
Harris did a wonderful job with his production of Treasure Island, and is far more entertaining than his last play, Romeo & Juliet. That play suffered from an overly long running time and production design that clashed with the story. Treasure Island has none of that. At two hours, it is the perfect length. There is drama, action, and thrills. I wasn’t bored once over the course of the performance.
One thing I truly enjoyed was the acting, especially that of Nicholas Robyn, who played Hawkins. He did an excellent job at playing the young boy and brought a lot of emotion to the part. Jay Patrick as Long John Silver also did an excellent job. When I think of the character, I think of Tim Curry’s portrayal in Muppet Treasure Island and Patrick definitely delivered on my expectations. Everyone else in the cast did an excellent job too. Even the people who played the extra pirates without dialogue brought something to the table and looked as if they where really having fun with their parts.
I only had two problems with the performance. The first being the way the stage was used. It was a big slab of wood on an angle that rested on a Lazy Susan. The stage hands would move the stage around in a circle and place things on it such as the wheel of a ship or tables, depending on the setting. However, it didn’t work as well as I expected as it was very distracting when the actors where acting simultaneously with the stage hands moving the stage and placing new props on it. Maybe they could have cut to black when they did this. Also, the roles of Captain Smollet and Captain Flint where originally played by men, when here they are woman. I have no problem with the changing of gender in a role, but both women did nothing to make their characters masculine and it took me out of the story a bit.
The bottom line is that Treasure Island is a very entertaining play. I have seen many of Harris’ plays and this one is the most entertaining since his production of Around the World in 80 Days from a few years back. I highly recommend that everyone check out Treasure Island, especially if you’re into pirates. It is currently playing at Three Stages at Folsom Lake College. As of now, there are three more performances left. Friday May 3rd at 7:30, Saturday May 4th at 7:30, and Sunday May 5th at 2:00 PM. General admission is $15 and Student and seniors is $10.
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