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Feather River Bulletin Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014 11A Ken 'K.D.' Donnell kdd@frontiernet.net The production of "Before You Barefoot" at the West End Theatre in Quincy on Sept. 26 and 27 was a play worthy of any stage, anywhere. It was simply that good; the writing, staging and acting were all entertaining, thought provoking and, often, wildly funny. The stage production was perfectly suited to the capacities of the venue and the cast. The end result was a thoroughly delightful theatre experience. "Before You Barefoot" is an original play by local author Margaret Elysia Garcia, who co-produced and directed the play with Heidi Moore. Garcia is not frightened of taking artistic chances. While there may have been times when her work has struggled to meet her ambitions, this play scores big in every respect. "Before You Barefoot" is genuinely funny. Only a few minutes into it, this critic realized that he was laughing harder than he had for a very long time. "Before You Barefoot," a play written and performed locally at the West End Theatre, receives a rave review Sept. 26 and 27. Photo submitted The play revolves around the memories of a group of women, and one man, who remember being worshiped and rejected by the same seemingly perfect lover. In their memories, this lover is almost ideal beyond description, albeit with a highly active foot fetish. When this lover finally appears mid-play, his reality clashes harshly with the fantasies of the jilted paramours. This clash becomes especially apparent when they meet their ex-lover's rather plain and simple bride-to-be. Almost as a last resort, the women choose to destroy this real man who still professes to love them all as good friends. While the writing of the entire play was strong, the early parts before the lover appeared were especially electric. The audience was forced to utilize imagination about who this man is, what he looks like and whether he is really a good or bad character. The actual appearance of the lover was somewhat of a letdown, as now the audience had to accept the reality of who the lover was, in much the same way that the jilted paramours were doing in the play itself. This dual experience further bonded the audience to the actors and the play. All of the actors played their parts well in this family being part of a single director. The production production. Author production, and probably never tried to reach beyond Margaret Garcia, Michelle saved a lot of money for the capacities of the venue Fulton, Adrianne Vaughn, babysitters! or the cast. There were no Tina Terrazas and Josh Several musical interludes"squirmy moments" that left~ Huddleston played the jilted with various actors singing one feeling this was less paramours. The lover was popular songs kept the than a fully professional : played by Julian K. Wells play's big heart beating, production. (Garcia's husband), and the Local guitarist Arturo The West End Theatre is bride-to-be by Hillary Garcia accompanied showing itself to be a great : Sawyer, MacKenzie Brown, interludes, artistic and cultural addition. Timothy Kauffman and Most noteworthy was Josh to our small mountain Kim Carroll played smaller Huddleston, who shared communities. Everyone roles. ' with the audience a lovelyshould consider attending One interesting local twist tenor voice that could have one of their productions in is that two minor roles were continued longer than justthe near future to enjoy the cast with the Garcia one song. excitement and personal children in the roles of Diego Much credit goes to Heidi connection of how live and Paloma. It was Moore, who was stage community theatre delightful to see a whole manager and technical wonderfully entertains. ICNOWN Community Outreach At Christian Life Fellowship October 31, 2014 5:30pm to 8:30pm Help is needed! ................ Christian Life Fellowship will be hosting a Harvest Festival along with a Trunk-or-Treat. Will you join us? We will need helpers in the following areas: Refreshments Game Attendants Trunk or Treat This Outreach is an excellent opportunity for you to invite and invest into the people of this community. The theme is "Make Him Known!" and we are asking for you to do just that! If you are available, then. please sign up at the Information Table and contact Pastor Jon for details! 317 First St., 'i* Fellouzship Quincy 283-0345 CONSTRUCTION BUILDING QUALITY SINCE 1984 MICHAEL AND DONAVON BEATTY - OWNERS (530) 283-2035 P.O. Box 1369 QUINCY, CA 95971 LIc. #453927 drama-works Enriching community through the theatrical arts www.ephc.org t