Suicide in B Flat a high note for Infernal Bridegroom Productions

by I.R. Rebelo

Contributing Writer

Infernal Bridegroom Productions is proving itself to be a consistently excellent theater company. Currently running is a production of Sam Shepard's Suicide in B Flat.

Director Jason Nodler leads an excellent company, bringing the audience into Shepard's turbulent and twisting atmosphere.

The mood is set when a mystery pianist, played by Matt Kelly, sneaks over to the center of the stage and begins to play a jumble of notes which eventually create an eerie melody.

As Pablo, Jeff Miller's powerful voice leads us into the thick of the conflict. Pablo contemplates wild possibilities of a crime, the evidence of which has become "classified," by order of the governor.

Andy Nelson, playing Louis, leads the viewers through a roller coaster of emotions with his amazingly expressive face. Nelson's expression runs from calm contemplation to wild hysteria; one can't help but notice the depth of emotions he explores couple with strong flawless delivery of his lines.

The two actors work well together, exploring possibilities of a crime which just might overwhelm the both of them.

Next to grace the stage is saxophone-toting Petrone, played by Jim Parsons, to throw some turmoil into Louis and Pablo's already confused investigation.

Having seen Parsons in other productions, he shows himself to be a very versatile actor, taking on the persona of his characters with ease and charm.

Following Parsons into the detective's interrogation is Laureen, carrying a large bass. Laureen, played by Tamarie Cooper, quietly enters the scene, immediately drawing the audience's attention to her frightening smile, which is both disturbing and alluring.

Laureen's smile seems to suggest that she knows more about what's going on than anyone else, except maybe the sly Paullette.

Paullette and Niles, played by Amy Bruce and Jeremy Johnson, seem to be behind what's actually going on, though only Paullette seems to really understand it. Bruce's character is strong and forceful, balancing Niles' state of confusion.

Although the pacing is slow at times, the performances are strong and engaging, well-worth the price of the ticket. The show is entertaining and fun to watch. It would be a good idea not to miss it this weekend.

Suicide in B Flat plays at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Commerce Street Arts Warehouse, 2315 Commerce St. Tickets are $5.99. Call 521-1976 for more information.

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