Shreveport Little Theater audience on Sat night. His timing, diction and body language gave the actor the firepower of, say, an F-22 Raptor.
On the other hand, the considerable audience seemed amenable to slaughter by farce.
In truth, Bogan was able to safely strafe the audience because of his support team. In the background was director Jared Watson, responsible for rapid-fire timing over the course of a loquacious script.
Mary Alfred Thoma provided a lurching comic presence that set the play's tone. Her foil was Joe Todaro, whose responses crackled with energy.
Janin Jones Pou brought elegance and drollery to the stage. Michael Blake Powell was a cannoneer. Quiet when needed, he ignited big laughs at critical points.
Josh Talley, Angelique Feaster and Rachael Lee Magill were capable lieutenants in the Watson air force. Truly, it was an A list show for this region.
Bogan, says the program, went to London and California for schooling and has traveled widely. His most important stop: study under Bill Ball at American Conservatory Theater, San Francisco. He returned to Shreveport in 2000 and has built a following through acclaimed performances in works such as Cat On a Hot Tin Roof, Oliver and Macbeth.
Watson's marching orders seemed well-creased in every aspect save one: the show ran about 2 hours and 30 minutes on Sat. night.
The A list challenge, unspoken, is to bring home a whipped and bagged audience in 2 hours and fifteen.
Next up from SLT is a British farce called It Runs in the Family. It opens Nov 6 at the Women's Department Club, corner of Line Ave and Margaret Place.
Watson made the venerable room of the Department Club a comfortable venue for the Simon play. Last-minute parking presented a minor issue but the show seemed quite effective in regards sight lines and acoustics.