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TRAVEL & ENTERTAINMENT: “Nantucket,” Featuring Mark Kenward, Is Dynamic

May 16, 2014
by Evan Almdale


I am generally not a huge fan of one-person shows, but I make an exception for Mark Kenward’s dynamic new show, “Nantucket,” currently playing through June 14 at The Marsh Theater, Berkeley, CA. Written and performed by veteran solo artist Kenward, he delivers a riveting and often times hilarious memoir of his years growing up on the island. But don’t expect the typical tale of teen-age angst. Oh no, when summer turns into the bleak gray island winter, the story takes a decidedly dark turn; one that you won’t soon forget.

On a gray winter’s day, on an island thirty miles out to sea, 16-year-old Mark Kenward witnessed his mother commit a violent act that would shatter his family and shock the local community. Thirty years later, Kenward has shaped his family’s story, of their migration from Normal, Illinois to island “paradise,” into the riveting drama “Nantucket.”

Taking audiences on a fast-paced ride full of laughs and haunting vignettes, Kenward delves past the iconic summer images into the off-season, when the tourists are gone, the winters are gray, and life is as “far from Normal” as can be.

Mark Kenward, the creator of seven full-length solo shows, is a wonderful storyteller who establishes an instant rapport with the audience.

As if this intriguing story is not enough on its own (which it most certainly is), audience members are treated to a New England picnic dinner from premiere artisan take-out restaurant Grégoire, served during intermission. The dinner is included in the ticket price. As a bonus, certain nights will feature guest artists performing music, video, and photography.

Run time is 2 hours with a 30 minute intermission. For information or to order tickets call (415) 282-3055 or visit www.themarsh.org


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