Director, Actor, and Sometimes Gardener
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Brill by David Wells

Performance Network Theatre
Ann Arbor, MI
Jan/Feb 2013

 "This script could easily work as just another whimsical odd-couple play. That would have been okay. But thanks to the integrity of  David Wolber’s  direction, Wells’ brilliant dialog, wonderful music by Frank Allison (from Frank Allison and the Odd Sox), and inspired performances by Powers and Leahy, 'Brill' transcends all that. It takes us to a sacred place, where music is conceived in love and heartache and pain and joy and despair and hope. Always hope." -  Patty Nolan, Examiner.com

"This script could easily work as just another whimsical odd-couple play. That would have been okay. But thanks to the integrity of David Wolber’s direction, Wells’ brilliant dialog, wonderful music by Frank Allison (from Frank Allison and the Odd Sox), and inspired performances by Powers and Leahy, 'Brill' transcends all that. It takes us to a sacred place, where music is conceived in love and heartache and pain and joy and despair and hope. Always hope." - Patty Nolan, Examiner.com

 "The play's story takes inspiration from a revolutionary age in popular music, but director  David Wolber's  conveyance of the timeless spark of the creative process is what gives this production its luster." -  Carolyn Hayes, Encoremichigan.com

"The play's story takes inspiration from a revolutionary age in popular music, but director David Wolber's conveyance of the timeless spark of the creative process is what gives this production its luster." - Carolyn Hayes, Encoremichigan.com

 "Leahy conveys the paradoxical mixture of bravado and vulnerability that so often typifies young adulthood, while Powers makes Jimmy a somewhat grizzled, but nonetheless compassionate, man who feels the ground beneath his feet shifting. The stage chemistry between the two, guided by director  David Wolber , simply works - from moments of levity to the play’s most intense crisis points." -  Jenn McKee, AnnArbor.com    

"Leahy conveys the paradoxical mixture of bravado and vulnerability that so often typifies young adulthood, while Powers makes Jimmy a somewhat grizzled, but nonetheless compassionate, man who feels the ground beneath his feet shifting. The stage chemistry between the two, guided by director David Wolber, simply works - from moments of levity to the play’s most intense crisis points." - Jenn McKee, AnnArbor.com

 

 "Give 'Brill' a 98, with a bullet, plus four stars and two thumbs up. This is one satisfying show, lovingly brought to life by an array of talented individuals. "Brill" bristles with drama and human emotion. The show is directed by  David Wolber . Powers and Leahy are terrific, both individually and in tandem." -  Daniel Skora, New Monitor

"Give 'Brill' a 98, with a bullet, plus four stars and two thumbs up. This is one satisfying show, lovingly brought to life by an array of talented individuals. "Brill" bristles with drama and human emotion. The show is directed by David Wolber. Powers and Leahy are terrific, both individually and in tandem." - Daniel Skora, New Monitor

 "Anyone who has ever experienced a mentor/protégé relationship will likely relate to the remarkably believable interactions between these two characters, which is a credit to both director  David Wolber  and the playwright. Audiences are certain to have an enjoyable evening out." - Angie Lai, Chelsea Patch

"Anyone who has ever experienced a mentor/protégé relationship will likely relate to the remarkably believable interactions between these two characters, which is a credit to both director David Wolber and the playwright. Audiences are certain to have an enjoyable evening out." - Angie Lai, Chelsea Patch

  Brill  by David Wells Director - David Wolber  Jimmy - Phil Powers* Margie -  Sarah Ann Leahy   Musical Director - R MacKenzie Lewis Assistant Director - Logan Ricket Dramaturg - Carla Milarch Stage Manager - Chelsea Burke* Assistant Stage Manager - Megan Leno Set and light design - Daniel C. Walker Costume design - Monika Essen Sound design - Will Myers Props design - Charles Sutherland   photos by  Sean Carter

Brill
by David Wells
Director - David Wolber

Jimmy - Phil Powers*
Margie - Sarah Ann Leahy

Musical Director - R MacKenzie Lewis
Assistant Director - Logan Ricket
Dramaturg - Carla Milarch
Stage Manager - Chelsea Burke*
Assistant Stage Manager - Megan Leno
Set and light design - Daniel C. Walker
Costume design - Monika Essen
Sound design - Will Myers
Props design - Charles Sutherland

photos by Sean Carter