Theater reviewer Jeff DeBell seemed to have a less than heavenly time at Attic Productions’ “A Little Piece of Heaven.” Did you go? Do you think Jeff had a point or do you think he got it wrong? Here’s your chance to sound off.
‘Piece of Heaven’ could use livelier timing, more zest
By Jeff DeBell
“A Little Piece of Heaven” is a trifling comedy by Matthew Carlin that takes its title from the curiosity shop where it is set in present-day Anytown, USA. The shop is owned and run by a relentlessly affable and vaguely mysterious pair named Henry and Elizabeth. They are played by Gary Reid and Christine Kimel in this rendering by Attic Productions of Botetourt County.
Into the shop one day steps Michael Cain (Toby St. Clair), a motorcyclist whose bike has run out of working parts and whose wallet has run out of cash. After joking that Cain is “not the actor,” a lame quip that unfortunately is recycled more than once during the show, Henry and Elizabeth immediately offer room, board and a job in the shop.
Michael accepts, anticipating only a short stay. But such things have a way of going topsy-turvy in plays of slight ambition, of which this one is an example.