Tennessee Repertory Theatre has spared no effort in getting the word out about David Auburns award-winning play, which is receiving the companys second staging since 2003. The subject matter is the legacy of madness in a family of brilliant, mathematically minded people, and the script is uniformly considered one of the best serious stage dramas of the past decade. A promising cast of locals is on hand under the direction of Rene Copeland, all in support of new-to-Nashville Anna Felix, an attractive young actress with legit regional theater credits and a few TV and film appearances, most recently including 2009s Crazy Heart starring Jeff Bridges and Maggie Gyllenhaal. Felix takes on the pivotal role of Catherine, created originally in New York by Mary-Louise Parker and later re-created by Gwyneth Paltrow in a 2005 movie version, the critical reception of which ranged from intelligent and respectable to goopy and phony, with even further extremes of good and bad characterizing the erratic press reaction. But Proof was a huge hit locally seven years ago, and its value as a live theater piece seems unquestioned.
Tuesdays-Saturdays. Starts: Feb. 6. Continues through Feb. 20, 2010