Rosebud Theatre: The Diaries of Adam and Eve Review
The Diaries of Adam and Eve By Mark Twain
Directed by Morris Ertman
We all know the story of Adam and Eve: first couple, ate the fruit, banished from Eden. But that's it. Whether you believe they were the first humans or just a literary construct, that's usually as far as the story goes. The Diaries of Adam & Eve, written by Mark Twain and adapted by Morris Ertman (who also directed) and Heather Pattengale (who also played Eve) brings so much to the age-old story.
What at first appears to be a simple set transforms to Adam and Eve's whole world, and actors Bruce Davies and Heather Pattengale ably use the entire space, climbing The Tree to explore their new surroundings.
When the show opens, one assumes the entire show will follow the lead as given and continue down the road of humourus exchanges and little spats and digs. But then Adam and Eve's relationship builds. It is so organic, you hardly know when the shift happens. Suddenly the two move from Experiment 1 and 2 to Adam and Eve - the first couple. We know their story doesn't end after their expulsion from the garden, but heartbreak follow and the bewilderment of death that now encompasses their life post-garden, post-apple is heart-wrenching. These actors who have so trained their emotions make us feel like they are truly feeling these wonderful, awful feelings for the first time. It is so real and true, one feels like one is intruding on a moment they did not want to be stuck in.
This show has such a short run before it too gets evicted from the garden, so come to Rosebud and enjoy a dinner and a show.
The Diaries of Adam & Eve: A timely comedy about Eden’s first couple and all they did to fall in (and stay out of!) love. Adam is an uncomplicated single man in the most amazing place on earth. It’s a good life - discovering and naming animals, adventuring, eating, drinking, sleeping. But a curious new creature has entered the garden, and she talks … a lot. Industrious and smart, Eve has a mind to get to know this other creature with two legs and a frown - and throwing things at him seems to get his attention every time. Hilarious and romantic, Mark Twain will leave you charmed and maybe, just maybe, a little bit more in love.
Mark Twain's The Diaries of Adam & Eve run until October 20th.
Tickets at www.rosebudtheatre.com