by Martin Brady
John Steinbeck’s 1937 novel about Depression-era California farm workers evokes a moving and richly interesting period in American history. It’s found success as a stage version as well — in particular through its central story of friendship, which is played out with equal measure of pathos and poignance. It’s hard to recall a Nashville production of the play in the recent era, so Boiler Room Theatre’s new mounting should be of ready interest.
Actor Travis Brazil, recently of BRT’s production of A Streetcar Named Desire and also Blackbird Theater’s Pacific Overtures, sits in the director’s chair for this one, and Ross Bolen and John Mauldin — both newcomers to BRT — are George and Lennie. The remainder of Brazil’s cast features familiar and talented folk, including Phil Brady, Dan McGeachy, Corey Caldwell, Zack McCann, Erica Lee Haines, Joel Diggs, Dan Zeigler and Bryce Conner.