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Arcadia

2006 IRNE Nomination for Best Actress
(along with Nominations for Best Production, Best Director, and Best Actor [Lewis D. Wheeler])

2006 Elliot Norton Award for Best Production (Small Company)

Reviews

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Ed Seigel's Picks for 2005 in the Boston Globe (with a photograph of Lady Croom and Thomasina)

Pick for "Best of the Boards 2005" in the Boston Phoenix (with a photograph of Thomasina and Septimus)

Pick for EDGE Best of 2005: Theatre (with yet another photograph of Thomasina and Septimus)

"Arciniegas has rounded up several talented members of a new generation of Boston theater -- Caroline Lawton, Lewis Wheeler, Eric Hamel, Ellen Adair, and Joy Lamberton -- all of whom turn in strong performances. Given the complexities of Stoppard's language, that's quite a feat."
-Ed Seigel, Boston Globe (The full text is not available online)

"Ellen Adair centers the play with her quietly compelling performance as Thomasina. She is the heart and soul of this "Arcadia," and is pivotal to its success."
-Robert Nesti, IN Newsweekly, "Beauty on the Banks of the Charles River"

"But the best performance is turned in by Adair as the young Thomasina, nailing her youthful exuberance and balancing her flashes of mathematical genius and her naïve disgust at learning the real meaning of carnal embrace."
-Jennifer Bubriski, Edge Boston, "Arcadia"

"The brilliant decision to cast Ellen Adair as Thomasina and Lewis Wheeler as Septimus that gives this production its greatest spark. Both actors perfectly capture the playfulness that is key to their parts and to making this show come alive. Ms. Adair has the unrestrained giddiness of a young woman who's discovering love and the world of ideas for the first time. ... The two are so delightful to watch that we want them back on stage whenever they leave it."
-David Brooks Andrews, The Standard-Times, "Publick delivers mind-bending 'Arcadia' in a pastoral setting"

"Ellen Adair is fast blooming since I first saw her last December as PYGMALION’s Eliza Doolittle which netted her an Addison; now she is the young Thomasina, poised between innocence and natural wisdom, and she must cram her young woman’s exuberance into a thirteen-year-old’s frame which makes for a mannered interpretation but soon enchants, anyway. To see Ms. Adair, in Act Two, spin round and round in a liberating prelude to a waltz is to witness a long-stemmed rose unfolding in all its breathtaking promise."
- Carl Rossi, theatremirror.com "Arcadia"

"Lewis Wheeler and Ellen Adair as the pair from the past perform their roles with grand style...it's by their interaction that the long distant past and the present come together in provocative and wonderfully whimsical fashion."
-Norm Gross, PMP Network, "Arcadia


Other reviews with no specific commentary:

Terry Byrne, Boston Herald
Bill Marx, WBUR
Will Stackman, Aisle Say


Images

The following images are the property of Diego Arciniegas of The Publick Theatre.



Ellen Adair as Thomasina Coverly, Lewis Wheeler as Septimus Hodge



Caroline Lawton as Lady Croom, Bill Mootos as Captain Brice, Ellen Adair



Ellen Adair, Lewis Wheeler



Caroline Lawton, Ellen Adair, Lewis Wheeler

Caroline Lawton, Ellen Adair, Lewis Wheeler
Caroline Lawton, Ellen Adair, Lewis Wheeler

Ellen Adair, Lewis Wheeler
Ellen Adair, Lewis Wheeler



Ellen Adair, Lewis Wheeler



Ellen Adair, Lewis Wheeler


The following images are the property of Nerys Powell.



Ellen Adair



Ellen Adair, the explanation of 'carnal embrace'



Ellen Adair, Lewis Wheeler



Ellen Adair

The following images are the property of Rafael Jaen.

Lewis Wheeler, Ellen Adair in Arcadia
Lewis Wheeler, Ellen Adair

Lewis Wheeler, Ellen Adair, Caroline Lawton
Lewis Wheeler, Ellen Adair, Caroline Lawton


 
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