San Diego, Ca- D.J. Sullivan local acting coach legend has directed Romulus Linney's Holy Ghosts to much success. Holy Ghosts takes place in a small town small church you know the kind with illegal snake handling, stomping and gospel singing.
The first thing that is perfect is that the set is a church and were actually in a church...really the Swedenborgian Church. The same church that DJ has been teaching acting classes in for decades...Perfect.
Second the country twang accents. I have to admit that I have an unnatural fear of Red Necks. Maybe because I grew up in a multi cultural suburbia and went to private schools. I mean I loved the Dukes of Hazard as a kid but the wife beater t-shirts, sun burned skin is kind of scary.
That being said Michael Barnett (Coleman Shedman) seems to be cast to perfection as the man who comes to church wanting desperately a divorce from Melanie Sutherlin (Nancy Shedman) who wants to Marry a much older preacher Alan Lewis (Rodgers Canfield). It is within the walls of this church the insanity ensues.
Our good friend Kevin Six plays Cancer Man a church attendee on his last legs looking close to death or a mime with a ton of white make up. Seriously Kevin's interaction with other actors brought the production to another level.
It is important to support local regional theater especially when it's connected to those who are currently working in the industry. Regional productions allow actors to spread their wings a bit and tackle material that isnt otherwise available to the in the mainstream bread and butter gigs.