January 14, 2009

Morgan Evans - PhD?

Have you ever sat around after seeing a show and hypothesized about what happens next? I found myself doing just that a few nights back.

What kind of mother will Miss Moffat be? How many students will she send to University?

Miss Moffat (Kate Burton)

Will the baby have a cockney accent, sticky fingers, and become a pulitzer prize winning author? Mrs. Watty and Mr. Jones? Maybe not...
Bessie Watty (Mary Faber), Mr. Jones (Roderick McLachlan), and Mrs. Watty (Kristine Nielsen)

Will the Squire propose to Miss Ronberry, settle down and become a literary bloke?

Mr. Jones (Roderick McLachlan) and The Squire (Will LeBow)

Or will Miss Ronberry give up on the Squire and snag Mr. Jones?

Mr. Jones (Roderick McLachlan) and Miss Ronberry (Kathy McCafferty)

Or perhaps Mr. Jones will finally save Bessie Watty
Mr. Jones (Roderick McLachlan) and Bessie Watty (Mary Faber)

And Morgan? Will he give up the rum?

Morgan Evans (Morgan Ritchie) and Bessie Watty (Mary Faber)
Maybe A PhD? in what? Perhaps a politician - the Barack Obama of Wales?
Morgan Evans (Morgan Ritchie)
Where does your imagination take these characters? Please comment and tell us how your version of the story continues.

The Huntington Theatre Company's production of The Corn is Green, by Emlyn Williams, playing January 9 through February 8, 2009 at the Huntington's mainstage, the B.U. Theatre, 264 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA. Buy tickets online or call our Box Office at 617 266-0800.
Photos: T. Charles Erickson


Anonymous said...

My husband and I really enjoyed this show - it was great to see a classic, straightforward story with a happy ending. And of course, the sets and costumes were gorgeous and Kate Burton was terrific. What happens next to the characters? I think the young man does indeed go on to become a great man - probably a politician (it's easy to think about politicians being great men today!). I don't understand, though, why she couldn't see him again, just because of the baby. Regardless, we really enjoyed it!

Anonymous said...

Loved "The Corn is Green"! Fabulous cast, beautiful set - one of the best Huntington shows I've seen. Bravo to everyone for a remarkable production!

Anonymous said...

Also thoroughly enjoyed "The Corn is Green". Loved watching the mother/son acting duo, as my own grown son accompanied me to this production!

Anonymous said...

We thoroughly enjoyed The Corn is Green, although we found the play a little dated. Kate Burton illuminated the stage, and the chemistry between her and Morgan was extraordinary. As a Brit, I was not entirely impressed with the Welsh accents--but then nothing has ever been as bad as Dick Van Dyck's cockney in "Mary Poppins"! Gorgeous set once again--we are never disappointed with production value at HT.

Anonymous said...

We thoroughly enjoyed the performance. By far the best production this year.

Anonymous said...

A friend and I made a last-minute decision to attend The Corn is Green Super Bowl Sunday and it was terrific. The acting was wonderful and the set - as always - spectacular.
The production and location reminded me why I love live theater. Thank you Huntington Theatre Company!

John Melithoniotes said...

You folks didn't post the comments I wrote about ten days ago. I'm surprised that you didn't post it. How come? My wife and I and my friends are 15+ year subscribers.

Todd Williams said...

Hi John,

I'm not sure what happened, but we didn't get your comment. My apologies. If you would like to resubmit your comment please do.

Meanwhile - if you'd like to read what John says about Corn on his blog Click here

John Melithoniotes said...

Thanks for replying, Todd. I don't have my exact post, but it was a shorter version of what I posted in my blog (a mix of good and not-so-good things to say about Corn). Since you were kind enough to link to it, I won't add any more here.

Anonymous said...

Morgan is going to not like Oxford and transfer to Brown. Kate is going to take in the child who is going to later become Winston Churchill.

Corn is Yellow - part 2

Anonymous said...

terrific and timeless show -- themes were pertinent today as much as then --

Paul Buttenwieser said...

My wife and I enjoyed the Huntington production of "The Corn is Green," lovingly done and very much a theatre piece. The play itself creaks badly, but to some extent that's the fate of what used to be thought of as "well-made plays." What is well-made about them is what also makes them predictable. The vogue in mid-20th Century plays for plot devices that set up tests of character seems particularly arbitrary in this play (the seduction, the pregnancy, the strange stipulation that Morgan never see his child or Miss Moffat again) and are ultimately unconvincing. This play is definitely a vehicle, and the Burtons, mother and son, justify it. As does the incomparable Will Lebow.

Anonymous said...

Perhaps what makes the play somewhat dated, in addition to the predictable plot, is how the "little stranger" is treated. Contemporary moral sensitivity fortunately does treat children more than a inconvenient bundle that gets passed from hand to hand. Children have inherent rights to be loved for themselves and to know who their parents are. I was left with a slightly sick feeling as to the ending.

Anonymous said...

Well done!

I am never disappointed in the Huntington's great experimentation
in tradition.

Stephen said...

A polished production all the way around; dialect and even Welsh were marvelously coached and delivered. The set, actors, music (esp. cum rhonda) were welded into a perfect unity. Cheers to everyone involved.