1992 - IDLTA saw its initial production in Dorset,
to an enthusiastic reception throughout its brief run.
1993 - IDLTA was produced in Charleston, SC. as part of the Piccolo
Spoleto Festival and received standing ovations nightly.
2000 - IDLTA was invited to participate in the Savannah River Site's 50th
Anniversary and toured South Carolina in September and October, again to
laughter, heart-warming response and standing-ovations.
"A potential Broadway or West End hit."
THE STAGE (London's equivalent of New York's Variety) Feb 6, 1992
"I Don't Live There Anymore," premiered at Bryanston Art Centre, Dorset,
last week, was poignant and engrossing, with lots of good songs..."
Blackmore Vale Magazine 10 February 1992.
Premiered during Charleston's 1993 Spoleto Festival, I Don't Live
was, as local Channel 2 called it, "the run-a-way hit of the Festival" and played to
standing ovations night after night during its run.
Live There Anymore, a critically-praised work that is one of the
|Post and Courier Reviewer, Charleston, SC|
Post and Courier Reviewer, Charleston, SC
Touring productions rarely elicit reviews.
Still, IDLTA got one. Below is the entire review, omitting cast critiques, from the daily SUMTER
'I DON'T LIVE THERE ANYMORE'
What if your hometown were destroyed, your house demolished, family gravesites moved, your property lost forever? Even though the Savannah River Site is controversial even today, the play "I Don't Live There Anymore" goes beyond the actual loss of buildings and farms and moral issues of nuclear warfare. It reaches much deeper, reviewing the nature of a town and exploring the hearts of its people. In many ways, the play is a positive acclamation of man's ability to move forward in the face of calamity. The story examines a cross-section of the people whose lives are immediately impacted by the decision.
Instead of heavy drama the play, much like Thornton Wilder's
"Our Town," utilizes a minimal set and a sense of 'plain
old folks' to create a direct, often humorous interpretation.
One of the play's great assets is the music. Like old-fashioned musicals
where characters burst into song, the
Playwright, lyricist and director Lawrence Holofcener
avoids pointing fingers. If there is any blame, the themes perhaps
suggest that it is man's inability to take control of negative
situations. "I Don't Live There Anymore" gives an
Larry Hembree, Director of Performing Arts, SC Arts Commission.
This show is a gift to any community wishing to celebrate itself, its
citizens, musical theatre and life!