To the Editor:
I have attended several events at County Seat Theater’s Encore! Performing Arts Center in the past year, but was not prepared for the level of excellence reached by the recent production of D.L. Coburn’s “The Gin Game.” The play was most notably produced on Broadway with Jessica Tandy and Hume Cronyn in 1977, and I remember having seen a short segment of that production broadcast on television. County Seat’s version will be just as memorable. The play concerns two elderly characters in a nursing home and slowly peels back their layers of emotional self-preservation. From Mary Smith’s and Michael Rosen’s sensitive and powerful interpretations, to the pacing, direction, lighting and set design, this production couldn’t be faulted. These two actors could hold their own against any comparable community or semi-professional theater.
Mark J. King, Cloquet