“The Credeaux Canvas” leads audience to look at past
Published: Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Updated: Tuesday, June 26, 2012 00:06
The second play in Sam Houston State University’s summer repertory theatre one, touched the audience in a way that made them think of their past over the weekend in the Performing Arts Center dance theatre.
“The Credeaux Canvas” by Keith Banin is a tragic story of how a plot to make money ripped apart three relationships and left the three characters perpetually unhappy.
Amelia, played by Stephanie Drew, and Jamie, played by Cameron Davis, were dating, and Jamie lived with Winston, played by Calvin Hudson. The three were floundering in their jobs and were in desperate need of money.
What began their problems was Jamie’s idea to con an old lady by selling her a fake Credeaux painting.
What made the play so captivating was the relationship building between Winston and Amelia while the painting was being done. Since they were in such close quarters with each other an affair sparked.
The peak of the play, also provided the most comedic relief when the old lady, Tess played by Katie Stefaniak comes in to examine the piece of art.
Tess was a quirky over the top character that was easily excited and had eccentric ways of describing the painting in front of her.
Another reason that Tess’s entrance was a key point in the play is because through analyzing the art she was able to reveal Winston and Amelia’s affair.
The tragedy of the story began with the painting and ended in the death of Jamie and the incomplete lives of Winston and Amelia who broke up the day the painting was revealed.
The play gripped one audience member in such a way that she could barely find the words to describe it.
“It was very sad,” Adrienne Trantham said. “It kind of made you think back on the mistakes we make and see what they did to us.”
The audience was on the edge of their seats when Amelia pulled out a knife to ruin the painting, but she just couldn’t bring herself to do it.
Even if Amelia had ruined the painting it wouldn’t have taken back all the damage that the painting had already caused.
The next two plays in Summer Repertory One are the Laramie Project and Murder by Mistake.
The Laramie Project premiered Monday and the last showing is tonight at 8 p.m. in the PAC Dance Theatre. Murder by Mistake will be showcased Wednesday and Thursday at 8 p.m. in the PAC Dance Theatre. Tickets are five dollars at the door.