Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Performances, plays create lasting impressions.(Arts & Culture)

Byline: Barry Gaines For the Journal

COMMENTARY

* A one-man show, "Clarence Darrow," is the most memorable of the year in local theater

The most exciting theatrical experience I had in 2000 is easy to recall.

Peter Shea Kierst gave a masterful performance in David W. Rintels's "Clarence Darrow," a one-man show at the Adobe Theater. Kierst held the stage for the entire performance and mesmerized audiences with his rendition of this great lawyer and humanitarian.

The presentation of Darrow's life was at once a history class, a civics class and an acting class. A gentleman in the audience two seats from me was so enthralled in one description of Darrow's mistreatment that he exclaimed aloud, "No, that's terrible." Such absolute audience involvement is as refreshing as it is rare.

Another stunning performer was Jason Nious. Playing Boy Willie in August Wilson's "The Piano Lesson," produced by OmniRoots in a short engagement at the KiMo, Nious was brimming with vitality, energy and grace. …

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