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Best Theatrical Ensemble Orange County 2013 - How to Write a New Book for the Bible

Usually, large ensembles who throw themselves with frenetic abandon into a fast-paced, no-holds-barred comic romp get all the praise. They're all on the same energized track and sustain that momentum through an entire performance. But the four actors in Bill Cain's crisis-of-religious-and-familial-faith play at South Coast Repertory worked as a razor-tight ensemble fused through masterful performances that worked like different pieces of a clock without ever missing a tick. Tyler Pierce, as a conflicted priest, and the always wondrous Linda Gehringer, as his dying mother, played the main characters, but their relationship was only heightened by the presence of Aaron Blakely and Jeff Biehl. Each character was sharply defined, but instead of solitary trees standing on their own, they coalesced under Ken Nicholson's stellar direction into a dense canopy far greater than the sum of its parts.

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