Tamer of Horses is about taming an animal far more dangerous than any stallion: a teenage boy. Though no longer a teacher, Ty Fletcher stumbles upon an unexpected educational opportunity when he discovers Hector, a knuckle-headed punk fresh out of juvey, living in his old barn. Fletcher, motivated by a deep belief in eduction and his own brother's untimely demise, attempts to inspire the teen through an examination of Homer's The Iliad. This poignant work from Emmy-winner William Mastrosimone is one of the stage's most masterful meditations on the power (and limits) of tough love. Anthony Rodriguez stars as Fletcher in this production directed by Jaclyn Hofmann at the Aurora Theatre - Studio.
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ArtsAtl - Somewhat Recommended
"...Itís a compelling set-up, but the undeniable flaw of this work is that it strains credibility. It doesnít seem believable that the couple would take Hector in and keep him, especially as they learn more about him and Hectorís behavior wavers between appreciative and belligerent. Ty reads Homerís The Iliad (hence the title, complete with metaphors sprinkled throughout) to the young man and it supposedly has an effect."
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Atlanta Cultural Arts Reviews - Recommended
"...This work was written about 20 years ago and has been staged in various theatres around the country and revised somewhat to the present status. Itís directed by Jaclyn Hofmann and on a very realistic set designed by Lee Maples which gives us a view of the outside of the home and the work areas adjacent thereto."
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