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'UNDERNEATH THE LINTEL' GOES ON HISTORICAL

GOOSE CHASE WITH MYTHICAL CONNECTIONS

by Nelson Pressley

“Underneath the Lintel” is an agreeable goose chase about a librarian perplexed by a returned item that was 113 years overdue. Who had it all that time? What can such century-hopping mean?

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A NOTE FROM THE PLAYWRIGHT

by Glen Berger

Please note before reading further: this essay was published as the “Afterword” to the printed edition of Underneath the Lintel in 2003. We include it here, but suggest you read it after experiencing the play.

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A NOTE

from the

PLAYWRIGHT

'UNDERNEATH THE LINTEL' AT METROSTAGE

by Yvonne French

I know a lot of librarians who would love Underneath the Lintel (and non-librarians too like those in the audience last night who were having a great time). First, it includes variety of media: books, ledgers, atlases, LPs, cassettes, wax cylinders, photographs, photostats, slides, prints, and the all-important marginalia: notes someone made in the margin of a book.

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'UNDERNEATH THE LINTEL' AT METROSTAGE

by Debbie Jackson

Underneath the Lintel is a deceivingly simple story of a librarian tracking down the patron who borrowed and returned a long overdue book which transitions into an unanticipated life journey. Paul Morella, date stamp hanging around his neck like a trophy or cherished medal of honor, is an absolute marvel as the lowly clerk.

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BWW REVIEWS: METROSTAGE'S UNDERNEATH THE LINTEL IS

BRILLIANT, FORCES THE AUDIENCE TO THINK

by Audrey Liebross

MetroStage, in Alexandria, Virginia, is currently presenting two one-actor plays in repertory, both directed by John Vreeke: Glen Berger's UNDERNEATH THE LINTEL and Carol Wolf's THE THOUSANDTH NIGHT. Carolyn Griffin, MetroStage's producing artistic director, emphasizes what she ...

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LONG OVERDUE

by Lisa Traiger

'Underneath the Lintel' is a perfect play for Metrostage

MetroStage, in Alexandria, Virginia, is currently presenting two one-actor plays in repertory, both directed by John Vreeke: Glen Berger's UNDERNEATH THE LINTEL and Carol Wolf's THE THOUSANDTH NIGHT. Carolyn Griffin, MetroStage's producing artistic director, emphasizes what she ...

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WASHINGTON JEWISHWEEK

GOING SOLO - CHARACTERS OUT TO SAVE THE WORLD

by Barbara Mackay

Local actors Paul Morella and Marcus Kyd will perform two provocative one-man plays at Alexandria’s MetroStage over the next few weeks: Underneath the Lintel by Glen Berger and The Thousandth Night by Carol Wolf. Both plays deal with complex life-and-death issues. Both are connected by offbeat, unconventional humor.

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A FIRST FOR METROSTAGE

by Carolyn Griffin

The script of “The Thousandth Night” by Carol Wolf arrived in the mail unsolicited and unexpected almost 20 years ago, and I immediately knew I wanted to produce it. With its dramatic flair, incredible storytelling, grounding in a historical period for context, and an amazing tour de force role for an actor, I knew that it had all the elements I looked for in a play and would be perfect in an intimate space. But at the time I had no theatre!

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METROSTAGE PRESENTS ‘THE THOUSANDTH NIGHT’

by Steve Hibbard

MetroStage is presenting the one-manshow, “The Thousandth Night” now through May 18. The play stars Marcus Kyd as a quick-thinking comic actor in a traveling company of players who are stuck in Paris during the occupation of France. He is facing his deportation for “propagating subversive material,” so in his last effort to save his life, he performs his show for the last people (the audience) who may have his fate in their hands.

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'THE THOUSANDTH NIGHT' AT METROSTAGE

by Diane Schnoor Jackson

MetroStage’s The Thousandth Night is a Five Star Perfect Night at the Theater.

How do you define the perfect night at the theater? Does it make you laugh? Does it make you cry? Do you witness a tour de force performance? Does it give you food for thought on the car ride home? Does it change your mind or heart in some deep way?

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METROSTAGE'S 'THE THOUSANDTH NIGHT'

by Nelson Presley

Acting isn’t subversive, right? That’s the case a nervous Parisian performer makes to a roomful of 1943 French gendarmes in Carol Wolf’s “The Thousandth Night,” a solo drama that Alexandria’s Metro­Stage is reviving from its attic of past shows. “ These plays are nothing,” insists Guy de Bonheur, the actor who stands in mortal fear of being put on the next train bound for a German concentration camp. (The setting, ominously rendered by James Kronzer, is a railway station.) “Entertainments for a cold night — that is all.”

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THE THOUSANDTH NIGHT

by Brett Steven Abelman

A simple tale about how tales are often more than simple, Carol Wolf’s The Thousandth Night at MetroStage is an enjoyable little punch to the gut. The story has a number of characters, but only one actually onstage: Guy de Bonheur (Marcus Kyd), one of the last, if not the last, remaining members of an acting troupe in France under Nazi occupation.  We, the audience, take on the role of a room full of gendarmes, Bonheur’s fellow Frenchman who are taking a backseat role to the Nazi gestapo.

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METROSTAGE 'THE THOUSANDTH NIGHT'

by David Seigel

From beginning to end, the talented actor Marcus Kyd as Guy de Bonheur, makes us care. In a taut, one actor, one-act The Thousandth Night by Carol Wolf the poised Kyd takes on about three dozen roles beyond just de Bonheur to draw us into a world of ever-increasing fear and suspense that permeates MetroStage’s production.

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THEATRE REVIEW: 'THE THOUSANDTH NIGHT' AT METROSTAGE

by Elliot Lanes

Many plays and movies deal with one of the most horrific events in modern history –  the Holocaust and anyone that’s seen the movie Schindler’s List or C.P. Taylor’s play Good knows how terrifying and senseless it was. Carol Wolf’s play The Thousandth Night currently playing at MetroStage, is a chance for a solo performer to shine. Taffety Punkmeister and local performer, Marcus Kyd, brilliantly brings to life the story of Guy de Bonheur, a French actor arrested in Paris on questionable charges.

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BWW REVIEWS: THE THOUSANDTH NIGHT AT METROSTAGE

by G. Blaise Hoeler

For the first time in their 30 year history, MetroStage is producing two one-man show pieces in repertory: Underneath the Lintel by Glen Berger, starring Paul Morella, and The Thousandth Night by Carol Wolf, starring Marcus Kyd. The Thousandth Night, which opened April 3, takes place in Nazi occupied France in 1943. It is about a French actor-Guy de Bonheur-who is arrested in Paris and sent off to get on a train to a work camp.

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