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Because there was no program or playbill to accompany this production, there was no way to know the names of the actors or actresses. The best character within the show was Sheriff Dooley Neal. Neal was a young man who had been brought into the city by Mayor Timothy O’Reilly, a corrupt politician who is willing to acquire money by any means necessary. Neal believed that he was getting the job of his lifetime, until O’Reilly puts him in the middle of a feud between two singing and dancing families: the Hatfield’s and the McCoy’s. Throughout the production, he was constantly being tricked into being in the middle of the feud and getting in trouble for things that were not necessarily his fault. There were a few malfunctions with the props during the production, however. For example, there was a scene in which Neal had to shoot his gun and break a window in a barn. He made the shooting motion, but the sound of the shot had not appeared until about one minute had passed. He and the Mayor, the only other person in the scene, had burst out in laughter but improvised the entire scene. Their laughter made it clear that it was not supposed to happen like that, but they attempted to play it off in such a way that it seemed like it was a perfectly normal mishap. Minutes later, they regained their composure and continued onto the next scene. Another great character in the dinner show was Ma McCoy, the matriarch of the McCoy family. She had a few hilarious lines that were meant to insult the Hatfield family, and carried herself in a way that showed her wisdom and pride. Her facial expressions when Pa Hatfield referred to her old age caused the entire audience to burst with laughter as a result of it being so accurate. All of the performers executed their roles very well; the actors and actresses were each a perfect fit for the role. It would be difficult to imagine anyone else playing the role of Ma or Sheriff Dooley because of their superb acting skills. Each character was audible; I did not once have an issue understand what they were saying. The only slight flaw that some of the performers may have shown was their ability to interact with other characters. Some of the minor, nameless character, such as those that were the kin of the feuding families, had a difficult time making it seem as if speaking was natural. Some of their voices would be in a higher pitch and they would sound as if they were fake while speaking to other characters. The main characters, however, had no problem doing this and spoke naturally with one another. O’Neill was a character that most people loved to hate. The character was a jerk, but the actor played the role with a certain je ne sais quoi that made me, at the very least, enjoy his acting and admire his ability to seem like a bad person. Overall, the acting in this production was very good for being a simple dinner show.
The directing of the production was, in my opinion, the best aspect of the entire play. Each character was...

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