CONNECTICUT CRITICS CIRCLE
Shipwrecked

DONALD MARGULIES JOINS THE CLASS OF GREAT STORYTELLERS

By Bonnie Goldberg

2/28/08 Middletown Press

Everyone has a story in them, some great, some mildly amusing and even a few
that would be filed under the category of dull. Storytellers live for a good tale to spin,
filled with fantastic adventures and surprising twists and, hopefully, the ring of
genuine truth from time to time.
New Haven playwright Donald Margulies grew up on wonderful yarns as a boy and
determined to craft one for himself. The charming result is "Shipwrecked! An
Entertainment. The Amazing Adventures of Louis de Rougemont (as told by
himself)." Stage II of Long Wharf Theatre will be spinning Margulies' imaginative
ninety minute piece until Sunday, March 16 and entertain it does, handsomely.
Michael Countryman's Louis is remarkably up to the task of fashioning his
miraculous world for the audience to embrace - hook, line, sinker and sea turtle.
Even skeptics are forewarned to be astonished.
Up until the age of sixteen, Louis, who was born in 1860, led a dreary life and
endured sickness and an overprotective mother. But once he declared his
independence and banished the sick room, all manner of great adventures were his
for the embracing. As soon as Louie attaches his star to the sea captain Jenkins,
he is off and running into a "dangerous and marvelous world."
Accompanying him on his quest are the versatile Angela Lin and Jeff Biehl who play
everyone from Australian aborigines to faithful dog companions, adoring fans to
caustic critics, faithful wife to the Queen of England. Evan Cabnet directs this flight
of fancy that has enough sound effects and visuals to make a radio and TV show
proud.
For tickets ($31.25-61.25), call Long Wharf Theatre, 222 Sargent Drive, New Haven
at 203-787-4282 or online at www.longwharf.org. ; Performances are Tuesday at 7
p.m., Wednesday at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., Thursday and Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at
3 p.m. and 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. and sometimes 7 p.m.
Discover for yourself whether the world traveler Louis de Rougemont, who comes
home after three decades of adventures, has embellished his tale so much that it no
longer resembles reality.

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