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‘Marat/Sade’ an indication of bright future for local theater

The latest news about the troubles at the Foothill Theatre Company may not be all doom and gloom for we theater fans in the hills. I recently attended the play “Marat/Sade” at the Center for the Arts in Grass Valley and came away deeply impressed and quite optimistic about the future of theater in our community.

The acting was some of the best I’ve seen in this area. John Deaderick did an excellent job of directing what could easily have become a chaotic mess. Music directed by Paul Emery was right on key, melding seamlessly with the action. The set was imaginative and the make-up and costumes were all first rate.

This historically informed fiction by Peter Weiss takes place in a French insane asylum in 1808. It involves the revolutionary Jean-Paul Marat and the Marquis de Sade, a risky undertaking even for an old, established theater company.

But my hat is off to the courage of the young Center for the Arts in producing this frightening and enthralling piece, which strikes many a political note resounding with amazing relevance today. Authentic theater art does not get any better than this.

I do hope the Foothill Theatre Company recovers from its difficulties, but in the meantime, we do have excellent local talent and a brash freshness that we can look forward to at the Center in Grass Valley.

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