THE OUTGOING TIDE

Merrimack Repertory Theatre’s Regional Premiere production of THE OUTGOING TIDE by Bruce Graham. Spring 2015.
Directed by Charles Towers
Lighting Design by Daniel J. Kotlowitz
Costume Design by Deborah Newhall
Sound Design by Benjamin Emerson

  • For Merrimack Repertory Theartre
  • Date Opened on April 27, 2015.
  • URL www.mrt.org/

“Husband and wife Gunner and Peg have a home on Chesapeake Bay, represented by an absolutely beautiful set designed by James Fenton. I have to imagine Fenton’s intention for deliberately making the multilevel areas of the home not level was to represent the shifting reality of dementia patient Gunner, and how his family’s life was becoming off-kilter. It’s a subtle and smart vehicle to have the characters navigating these uneven, crooked levels throughout their journey in this play.” NASHUA TELEGRAPH review by Kathleen Palmer

“Towers and scenic designer James J. Fenton visited Graham at his Chesapeake Bay home to get a sense of the world of the play and have recreated a special environment on the Nancy L. Donahue Theatre stage. You can feel the peaceful, rustic quality of the wood-hewn waterfront cottage, augmented by designer Benjamin Emerson’s ambient sounds of loons calling and waves lapping the dock, and warm lighting shades provided by designer Daniel Kotlowitz. Deborah Newhall costumes Gunner in comfortable old khakis and flannel shirts, in contrast to Jack’s city clothes, completing the picture of how life is different in this tranquil setting.” BROADWAY WORLD Review by Nancy Grossman

“A nicely realistic set by James J. Fenton establishes the sense of place but allows for impressionistic transitions across temporal space, in and out of memories.” THE BOSTON GLOBE review by Jeremy D. Goodwin

“Reddish leaves on branches hanging over a wooden cottage set the stage for autumn. The cut-away beach house displays a dark mahogany interior with a table and three chairs. As the levels lie askew with angled floors, they beg questions about finding “balance.” Ramps and steps lead to a folding chair, fishing pole, and cooler on a beach at the edge of an ocean. Three-foot high saltwater reeds, having passed their season, now stand dry and sentinel to the upcoming winter and outgoing tide. Seagulls, ocean waves, and motorboat sounds drift from left to right across the theater.” EVENTS INSIDER review by Claudia A. Fox Tree

“Reddish leaves on branches hanging over a wooden cottage set the stage for autumn. The cut-away beach house displays a dark mahogany interior with a table and three chairs. As the levels lie askew with angled floors, they beg questions about finding “balance.” Ramps and steps lead to a folding chair, fishing pole, and cooler on a beach at the edge of an ocean. Three-foot high saltwater reeds, having passed their season, now stand dry and sentinel to the upcoming winter and outgoing tide. Seagulls, ocean waves, and motorboat sounds drift from left to right across the theater.” EVENTS INSIDER review by Claudia A. Fox Tree