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Reviewed September 15, 2018

The Rosebud Theatre production of Mark Twain’s “The Diaries of Adam & Eve” as adapted by Morris Ertman and Heather Pattengale is being presented on the Opera House Stage from September 7 to October 20.
There have been many adaptations of Twain’s works but this one is unique in several aspects.
First of all, Heather Pattengale, in addition to having worked on a shorter adaptation along with Morris, also plays the part of Eve.
Secondly, to expand the adaptation and to more thoroughly express Twain’s understandings of Adam, and Eve, and Love, we are told that they “began with reading anything Mark Twain wrote about Eden and its inhabitants and choosing what made for interesting script fodder. They would come together and suggest ideas, discussing how bits could fit together, how the pieces built on each other to create tension and drama. But never forgetting it’s a comedy.”
Morris Ertman, in the program notes says: “I think our age difference and gender as writers made for lots of intriguing collaboration and extrapolation. “

Since the script itself then is Twain wit - and some very serious observations about “man” and mankind, male and female, the story does have the audience in stitches … and some tears as well.

Twain’s writings include allusions to the Biblical account of Genesis, mythology and folklore.

Other unique aspects of this adaptation, compared to a few Youtube clips that I checked would be the stark minimalist stage setting and the costuming.

The stage setting, or set design, also under Morris Ertman, is always one of the main features of any Rosebud production, but this one has to be “seen to be believed”. Not only in what presents itself to the patron upon entering the theatre but what is revealed to have been there all along but un-noticed.

The costuming, especially as one might wonder about “Before the Fall” is quite tastefully done, but communicates that they are NOT about to attend a business meeting or a service at First Church of Stuffed Shirts.”

Some of the other props are delightful either in the “anachronisms” presented or in the very imaginative way they communicate what the audience is to understand them to be. I think “the serpent” may be one of the highlights, so “watch for it”.

As per usual, the lighting and music/sound is “spot on” to give the effects that are right, but never distracting.
I don’t want to give this “surprise” away, but consider that the Tree of which the fruit was forbidden is the Tree of the KNOWLEDGE of everything that life was going to offer, and that this knowledge was to be gained through the “eating of the fruit” wait for the “song” and the “instrument” and the consequence(s).

But the production is drama and so it is the dramatists that make this the delight that it is.
Heather Pattengale, has been in, and/or starred in several productions at Rosebud and this performance shows why audiences keep coming back. She is enthusiastic and delivers her lines and makes her movements so “naturally” that we don’t think of it as acting.

Bruce Davies as Adam has been recognized for his performances and accomplishments including being a founding member of the Freewill Shakespeare Festival in Edmonton, and a co-author of his first play.
This being the first time I have seen any production of The Diaries of Adam and Eve, and having seen Bruce BE Adam, it is unlikely I will think of Adam in any other way than as Bruce has presented him.
I think I could even say I prefer his Adam to Michelangelo’s. (For several reasons!)

Watch for all the subtle nuances that both actors bring to their characters which are expressed in those “ALMOST” accidental movements or looks, but are in fact quite natural and expected when they have become the character in their own thinking.
The show is only about 80 minutes long, and would be considered a “One Act” play, without intermission.
If one takes advantage of the Dinner Theatre offering, and gets in on the wonderful buffet, guess what you might expect to find on the dessert menu?

The show goes only until October 20.
The next production is “Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Christmas Carol”.
Details and ticket information available at RosebudTheatre.com and 1-800-267-7553.

Date of experience: September 2018
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RosebudTheatreRep, Social Media Manager at Rosebud Theatre, responded to this reviewResponded September 17, 2018

Hello Grant,

Thank you very much for taking the time to share this review. We always appreciate your presence with us at shows and talkbacks, and are grateful to hear your thoughts specifically about Mark Twain's The Diaries of Adam & Eve!

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Reviewed September 11, 2018

Attended the preview night of the Diaries of Adam and Eve and had an absolutely fabulous evening. Theatre is a great little place, acting superb and the play funny, witty and a great night out. Stayed at the Arbour Guest House, a really great time.

Date of experience: September 2018
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RosebudTheatreRep, Social Media Manager at Rosebud Theatre, responded to this reviewResponded September 11, 2018

Thanks for the feedback, Philip. Good to know you had a fantastic night all in all!

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Reviewed September 9, 2018 via mobile

I took my mother here to see Adam and Eve. We had the lunch offered with the matinee tickets. The food was great. Everything is buffet style. There's a salad bar, cheese/bread/pickles table, main courses and dessert. The eggs benedict was incredible and the French toast was to die for. Cocktails were interesting and very good. Service was great. The play was fantastic. The set was fabulous and the acting was so wonderful. I had such a great time and hope to be back again soon.

Date of experience: September 2018
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RosebudTheatreRep, Social Media Manager at Rosebud Theatre, responded to this reviewResponded September 10, 2018

So good to hear you had an all around great time. Thanks for sharing. Our holiday show, Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Christmas Carol opens right at the beginning of November- Hope to see you there! :)

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Reviewed September 2, 2018 via mobile

A bit of a drive but worth the trip. Theatre is run by art students and they do an excellent job. I have been to many different productions and have never been disappointed. Dinner buffet good too. Also quaint little town and shops to browse through.

Date of experience: August 2018
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RosebudTheatreRep, Social Media Manager at Rosebud Theatre, responded to this reviewResponded September 4, 2018

Thanks for coming out, Michele! Hope to see you again soon!

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Reviewed August 8, 2018

I attended the production 'Joseph' and it was fabulous. The theatre is very comfortable both from seating and temperature.

I also enjoyed the buffet meal prior to the show. There was a lot of variety and everything was very good. Items were fresh and the buffet was run very efficiently. The only thing I was surprised by is that coffee/tea was not included but it wasn't a major issue for me as I usually just have water with my meal.

Date of experience: July 2018
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RosebudTheatreRep, Social Media Manager at Rosebud Theatre, responded to this reviewResponded August 15, 2018

Glad you enjoyed your time with us. Thanks for the review!

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