Faith Healer – An Atlanta Theater Fans Review

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Faith Healer

Robert Bryan Davis in Faith Healer. Photo Courtesy of JibJam Productions.

Faith Healer, presented by JibJam productions, provides an emotional and thought-provoking look at the story of Frank Hardy, a faith Healer who travels through Scotland and Ireland. Written by Irish playwright Brian Friel and directed by Kyle Crew, the play represents the inaugural production for JibJam Productions.

To see the show, audience members go to an old stone church across from Candler Park. This venue, which may seem odd at first, actually complements the story and helps to transport anyone watching into an old Irish church, where someone might have gone to see Hardy. Plus, its acoustics allow for even a whisper to be heard.

Presented in Rashamon style, where each character gives an account of events with their own slant, the play allows its audience to draw conclusions and decide whose story really is more truthful. While some aspects are the same, others are drastically different.

End-capped by Frank Hardy’s monologues, each of the remaining two characters deliver a monologue. During the monologues, the characters break the fourth wall and bring the audience into action, and it works well within this show. As the characters tell their stories, an interesting portrait begins to emerge, which makes all of the characters seem like unreliable narrators, but the underlying story is one that is haunting and full of mystery.

Lisa Blankenship as Grace provides some of the most moving moments of the play. Her powerful monologue is delivered with a wide range of emotions that hint at the emotional instability and depression of the hard-lucked woman.

As Hardy, Robert Bryan Davis delivers a passionate performance. When he interacts with audience members, he becomes as captivating as Hardy might have been at one of his “performances.” From his mannerisms to his quite whispers he truly owns this character.

Hardy’s Manager, Teddy, is played by Theo Harness, and he brings most of the laughs during the show. With sharp comedic timing and animated movements, his character draws a sharp contrast to the other two performances.

Faith Healer plays through March 24 at The First Existentialist Congregation of Atlanta. For tickets and more information, please visit JibJam Productions website. The show runs a little over 2 hours with a ten-minute intermission.