Jim Tharpe plays Joe Keller, a retired airplane engine manufacturer
who is partially responsible for letting faulty airplane engines
be shipped to the U.S. Air Force for use in combat warplanes.
The faulty engines were responsible for killing pilots, perhaps
even Keller’s older son Larry, but he was able to stay
out of jail by shifting the blame to his partner, who ran the
factory assembly line.
Tharpe does a great job portraying a
man guilty of his past actions but also full of pride and denial.
Jo Pruden does a remarkable job of playing Keller’s wife
Kate as a grieving mother who can’t let go of the fact
that her first son, Larry, may be dead, and that her husband
may have been responsible.
Eric Field and Carla Rzeszewski play the engaged couple Chris
Keller and Ann Deever, the daughter of Keller’s partner
who went to jail for the defective airplane engines. Their character’s
go through great emotional turmoil, moving from happiness to
rage and frustration as the action of the play reveals Joe Keller’s
actions and force them to reject him.
Chris Veatch plays Ann Deever’s brother George who, confused
after a visit with his father, is full of rage towards the Kellers
and precipitates the climax of the play.
The supporting cast included Peter Bunn who played Doctor Jim
Bayliss, Carolyn Cameron as the doctor’s wife Sue, Todd
Evans as neighbor Frank Lubey, and Kayce Erwin as his wife Lydia.
The play continues through Dec. 7. Call for reservations: 375-1282.