Sunday, April 14, 2013

Permanent Collection

Tim Moyer and Frank X

InterAct Theatre, located at 2030 Sansom Streets, is reprising its 2004 Barrymore Awarded Outstanding New Play, Permanent Collection through May 5.  There is no reason to wonder why the initial presentation was the most successful production in InterAct's history.   Provocative and thought-provoking, the question of racial bias rears its ugly head when Frank X, portraying Sterling North, a newly appointed black Executive Director of a museum, tries to add historically significant African Artifacts to the permanent collection in its main gallery.  Tim Moyer, his perfect foil, portrays longtime operations manager of the museum who insists that the collection stay intact, per the founder’s instructions in his will.  Maureen Torsney-Weir returns in her role of Gillian Crane, the shrewd journalist and Tom McCarthy is once again seen as founder Alfred Morris.  As excellent as the performances are of each actor (and they really are outstanding), McCarthy’s short moment’s on stage steal the show.  Not enough can be said about the work of the design team. Working hand-in-hand Set Designer Nick Embree and Lighting Designer Peter Whinnery have fashioned a creation nothing short of brilliant.  If you have never seen this show, you must see it now.  If you saw it in its initial run, you will want to see it again.  It’s just that captivating. For more information or tickets, call 215-568-8079 or visit online at

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