Monday, July 27, 2015

A Fresh Twist on the Literal and Metaphorical Magic of Live Theatre

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Spellcast by Barbara Ashford (DAW, 2011, 448pp.)

Although she ditched professional acting for a more stable desk job, New Yorker Maggie Graham is miserable. When she decides to flee her city life for a day, she feels a strange compulsion to drive through the rural Vermont town of Dale, and towards an old summer stock theater, where auditions are being held. On a whim, she auditions—and thus, begins her most fulfilling summer in years. The only thing off about the whole situation is Rowan Mackenzie, the theatre’s mysterious, brooding director, who displays an almost magical talent for pulling surprisingly polished performances from his ragtag cast of amateur actors. Is there more to Rowan and Crossroads Theatre than meets the eye? Although the story is a little overlong and slow-paced in places, and the supporting characters remain underdeveloped, Spellcast is still a very original treatment of the modern-day fantasy story. Not only does it create a fresh twist on literal magic, it also explores the metaphorical magic that both actors and audience members alike seek out in live theatrical performances. Recommended for patient readers who are fans of live theatre, and character-driven paranormal fiction.

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