Atlantic Stage’s ‘Spinning Jenny’ runs through Feb. 21

By Joan Leotta

For The Sun News

Atlantic Stage Company’s “Spinning Jenny.”
Atlantic Stage Company’s “Spinning Jenny.”

This latest production of Atlantic Stage is a world premiere of the work of their own in-house playwright, Kenneth D. Ferguson.

As usual, the scene geniuses at Atlantic Stage have, with a few bold strokes, have built a set that recreates the world of an old-style carnival midway. Dress is contemporary. The two acts move swiftly with only a few plot glitches.

Acting, direction (by Thom Penn) and technical aspects are superior and carry the evening despite those flaws. The Barker (stylishly performed by Jason Adams) tells us, it’s a timeless tale of love and innocence versus greed and lust — everyday fare. Villains Madame Arachne (Leigh Maddox) and Alfie Lowell (Steve Harley) draw us into the seamy side of this world with deftly honed performances. Harley is definitely in command of the stage each time he steps out onto it.

The young ingénue, Jenny (Shana Misbrand) and her young non-carnival love interest, “Cal” (Mike Kane) also ably ply their craft. We route for them to achieve their dream of pulling Jenny out of her tarnished carnival life to a place of literal and figurative “greener pasture.”

Some of the material in the play is not suitable for young children, although high school age and up will find much to enjoy. With the next play, the company returns to more classical offerings. Try to see this one, an experiment showcasing a local author, while you can.

Tickets range in price from $12.50-$27.50 per seat. The show will run until Feb. 21 with performances at 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays through Saturdays and at 3 p.m. on Sunday afternoons. On the first and second Sunday of the run, there is a “talk-back” with the actors after the show, open to all audience members.

Atlantic Stage begins campaign for new theater

Atlantic Stage is in the process of renovating a performance space just two doors down from its current location in the Myrtle Beach Mall. In that new area, the company will be able to serve the community with more plays, classes for children and adults and other spoken-word events.

As a way to reach the $150,000 price tag, the company began a 40-day Indiegogo Campaign.

“This sort of campaign gives the average person—the one who has just five spare dollars in his or her pocket, a chance to become a patron of the arts,” said Thom Penn, artistic director. “Sure, if you have $10,000, that is great, but small contributions from the many, can add fast.”

If the total is not reached, all monies raised will go to Atlantic Stage.

To donate online, log on to http://igg.me/at/TransformAS or mail a check to Atlantic Stage, P.O. Box 7402, Myrtle Beach SC 29572.