True Colors’ Proof is a winner in every way

True Colors’ Proof is a winner in every way

True Colors Theatre Company is starting its 2016-2017 season in a winning fashion—with a Pulitzer Prize/Tony Award winning play performed in a stellar manner.

Proof, which was awarded the 2001 Pulitzer, on the surface centers on the relationship between a father who was once a brilliant mathematician and his struggle with mental illness and the daughter who puts her college career on hold to care for him. However, it also explores issues of trust and what individuals believe others may or may not be capable of accomplishing. I can’t say much more about the plot so as not to reveal too much. There are twists and turns that left me, and others in the audience saying, “Didn’t see that one coming” more than once.

Gerard Catus, who has numerous theater and television credits to his name, plays the father Robert. He delivers the character’s robust love of his daughter and his obsession with mathematics. His caregiving daughter Catherine is deftly handled by Fedna Jacquet, a recent graduate from New York University who has appeared in regional and Off-Broadway works. She’s in almost every scene—bubbling over with emotion one minute and slumping on a swing depressed and languid the next. No stranger to the True Colors stage as well as TV and film, Tinashe Kajese-Bolden plays well-intentioned sister Claire who desperately tries to entire Catherine to come to New York. Kajese-Bolden brings vigor and passion to the role. Rounding out the cast is Eric Mendenhall, Robert’s student who is studying his papers and becomes a confidante and love interest to Catherine. The actor who has performed on Atlanta stages as well in film and TV, is believable as the sometimes awkward/sometimes sweet graduate student who is protective of his mentor’s life work.

Eric Mendenhall , left, and Fedna Jacquet become friends and lovers in True Colors Theatre Company’s production of Proof.

Eric Mendenhall , left, and Fedna Jacquet become friends and lovers in True Colors Theatre Company’s production of Proof.

Director Tess Malis Kincaid has worked her magic to bring all the elements together in a cohesive, expressive manner. Every aspect of the staging is excellent—the cast, set design, lighting.

All the action takes place on the back porch and yard of a two-story house with silhouette images of people moving around inside. Moriah and Isabel Curley-Clay, who handled set and costume design duties, have created an environment that is realistic and sets the mood of the story.

Proof runs through Nov. 20 at the Southwest Arts Center, 915 New Hope Road SW, Atlanta.

For tickets or more information, go to www.truecolorstheatre.org.

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