Chris Barlowe as Lenny and James Udom as George in Hubbard Hall's production "Of Mice and Men." . Photo John Sutton.

A Singer’s Notes 85: John Steinbeck’s “Of Mice and Men,” NOT on Broadway!

Hubbard Hall’s production of John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men was solidly cast and effectively staged by Jeannine Haas. Not surprisingly there were standout performances from James Udom as George and Doug Ryan in the role of Candy. Simply put, we have been given a gift in Mr. Udom. Everything about this young man’s acting tells me he is the real thing. He listens as well as he speaks. He has a natural physicality on stage which never draws attention to itself but is always enough. He can use the silence. He seems always to have the larger picture in mind; his scenes have shape. His voice is beautiful. This is a serious young artist. His George held the play in its arms.

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