Notably… Charlie!

Jun 6, 2012 | 3 comments

Proud mom here!  The first review of “Measure for Measure” appeared in the L. A. Times yesterday and son Charlie got a mention!  Pretty good for his first professional onstage performance and for a part that has only six lines!  Whoo – hoo!

The play is one of the mainstays of this summer’s repertory season at the Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum – an outdoor theater in southern California’s spectacular Topanga Canyon.  According to the review, “Measure” is a ‘problem play’ perched between comedy and tragedy…it’s a play that works well in modern resettings

This production is set in the Vietnam War era in the Haight Ashbury hippydom of San Francisco.  Reviewer Philip Brandes says:

Ellen Geer’s staging is an immersive psychedelic flashback, complete with hippies in full regalia, Black Power activists, peace marches, a folk rock combo strumming protest anthems by Bob Dylan and Country Joe and the Fish, and other golden oldies from the Summer of Love.

Mr. Brandes goes on to describe Shakespeare’s plot with its modernized twists to age-old themes of political and sexual hypocrisy.  He saves the best (in my totally biased parental opinion) for his next-to-last paragraph:

Serious themes notwithstanding, the prevailing mood remains buoyant and fun throughout thanks to several first-rate comic performances from some of the longtime Theatricum regulars – notably Earnestine Phillips as a soul sister Madame, Gerald C. Rivers as her pimped-out partner, and Charlie Howell as an inebriated, unrepentant condemned prisoner.

What I love is the mistaken idea that Charlie is one of Theatricum’s “longtime regulars.”  Way to go Charlie!  Can’t wait to see it all for myself!


  1. Stephanie Frieze

    Very, very cool. You need to book him for a house concert sometime. 🙂

  2. Ardell

    He learned from the best!

  3. Pat Thomas

    We always knew he had that certain something. Break a leg, Charlie!


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