By Daniel Skora
Art is a rejuvenating experience. You want to read again a good book, look again at a great painting, see again a good movie. Movies and plays tell stories, build on plot. As you experience a play or a movie for the first time, you’re taking in the action, supposing what might happen next. You actually miss a lot the first time around.
You can reread that good book, go to the museum to check out that painting again, and pop in a DVD to watch that movie over and over again. Live theatre is different. A show runs its course in three or four weeks, after which the set is broken down and everyone heads off to the next thing. Like Humpty Dumpty, you can never put a live stage performance together again.
Seeing a lot of theatre generally precludes seeing any show more than once. So it was great to again be able to take in “Rounding Third”, the lighthearted and touching comedy now appearing at the Tipping Point Theatre. The play is a joint production with the Williamston Theatre where it was performed at the beginning of this theatre season. They’ve pretty much moved the entire set and reconstructed it on Tipping Point’s staging area. John Lepard and Tobin Hissong are back, and I really can’t say they’re performances are any better now because they were great back then and are still great now. Perfectly cast as Don and Michael, they play two guys who don’t have a lot in common personality wise, but are bound by their love of the game of baseball and their dedication to their sons. Yes, there were things that I missed the first go round, or more correctly, had forgotten. But because the burden of paying attention to the plot and what might happen next was lifted, I was able to appreciate more fully the performances of two accomplished journeymen actors doing their thing.
If you haven’t already seen the show, by all means do. You can access my review of the Williamston version of the show here. If you’ve already seen “Rounding Third” and liked it, see it again. This time, when the show’s over, for sure, it’ll not be put back as it is now ever again.
“Rounding Third”, directed by Tony Caselli, runs through May 8th. Tickets are available online at www.tippingpointtheatre.com or at the theatre’s box office which is open Mon. through Fri. 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and 90 minutes prior to all performances. Tipping Point Theatre is located at 361 E. Cady Street in Northville, telephone number 1.248.347.0003.