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Re: “Theater Review: RBTL's "Sister Act: The Musical"

Great to hear that. Saw Sister Act in germany in oberhausen and it was such a fun to watch. Left theatre as a very happy person with my friends and a kind of easy living-feeling. This site provides much information and material like photos and videos, enjoy:

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Posted by Zodwa on 06/27/2014 at 7:40 AM

Re: “Theater Review: RBTL's "Phantom of the Opera"

I think it is actually the production that is flawed, not the story (if it were the latter, why would it have lasted over a century?). Go and watch Hal Prince's original production if you haven't already, and you'll find yourself completely immersed. It is far superior than this poor attempt at money-saving.

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Posted by Nick on 05/06/2014 at 5:08 PM

Re: “Theater Review: GRRC's "Agnes of God"

Had the pleasure of catching the show on opening night....truly outstanding acting by these three terrific actors. A very though-provoking, moving, emotional show to be sure!!

Posted by Chris on 04/30/2014 at 1:28 PM

Re: “Theater Review: RBTL's "Phantom of the Opera"

@Sally Cohen,
Yes, I noticed the wobbly statue. The critics almost all seem to be raving about the new production, and although some of the new sets/scenery are quite good, the big multi-purpose drum, the "Masquerade" Ballroom (although the red-uniformed Phantom is completely unimpressive and not frightening), the show is clearly a down-sized, cheaper version.

Sorry, I forgot to say "YIKES" before!

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Posted by Sally Scheef on 04/23/2014 at 11:24 AM

Re: “Theater Review: RBTL's "Phantom of the Opera"

Yikes, some people take this show WAY too seriously, but I also kind of understand the obsession, having a slight case of it myself. I would just like to add that I was disappointed by some of the updating/downsizing, and distracted by the thought that producers were motivated by saving money. Did you happen to catch the statue that wobbled as The Phantom climbed aboard? ? I say again: Yikes.

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Posted by Sally Cohen on 04/23/2014 at 10:04 AM

Re: “Theater Review: RBTL's "Phantom of the Opera"

You get some things right in your breezy analysis of the restaged, touring Phantom of the Opera. For instance,
The show has been and is massive successful.
The plot is a long way from being, say, Hamlet.
Cooper Grodin isn't a very good Phantom.
The secondary characters are better done than in the original production.

You just "don't get it" with your inability to grasp that there can be a love triangle. You don't see or understand it, but audiences for over 25 years have seen it and understood it.

Some people undoubtedly come to the show for the spectacle, but the repeat customers, who have had a big part in keeping the show a success (some of whom are now bringing their children to see it) are led with great theater craft to care about the Phantom in the last scene of the show---as does Christine---probably because we all are given some insight into what has made the Phantom the dangerous and angry man he is (a life-time of rejection, beginning with his mother).

In the last scene, both Christine (and most of the audience, minus you) see his pathetic situation and sympathize. During the rest of the show, we see the danger and mystery and---in the original production---the elegance and magic of the character.

At the end, he is stunned when Christine willingly kisses him. Something happens to him. If he were the madman you think him to be, he would have been very unlikely to have undergone a change of heart and let Christine go with her young man, despite knowing he is losing his last chance at the kind of happiness most ordinary men know (HE believes it is, as unlikely as it might seem to a cooler, clearer head). It might well be the first really unselfish thing he has done. Real love is unselfish.

You apparently do not see these things or just can't believe they could happen, even in a musical, but audiences mostly CAN believe it, and the touching emotion of the final scene, I believe, does more to sell the show than the falling chandelier.
It probably wouldn't if it weren't for the music.....but Lloyd Webber has written beautiful music for flops.
The fact that you don't "get it" doesn't mean it doesn't happen.

By the way, Grodin's Phantom (I would bet it's more Macintosh and Conner's Phantom) is soft in some ways, probably an attempt to make him seem more "human," but he is the most violent Phantom I've seen in several times I've seen the show (several, NOT hundreds or anything like it). He pulls her hair, chokes her, throws her on the bed, and climbs on top of her.

--And the show still works!

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Posted by Sally Scheef on 04/23/2014 at 6:33 AM

Re: “Theater Review: "The Hot L Baltimore" at Blackfriars

thank you for bringing David Raymond's reviews back to City.

Posted by Kathryn Quinn Thomas on 04/01/2014 at 6:06 PM

Re: “Theater Review: Geva Theatre Center's "Informed Consent"

I think this is a very important play. It raises issues we should all be thinking about. I really think it is less about science and religion than it is about who we are, how much of our own identity is in the stories we live and tell. This has universal application. Are we living the story we want? Are we telling our family members our stories now? Can we find ways to make our stories vital to our communities? And....when our own story conflicts with another's...then what? How do we act, or react, or tell that story? A very, very important play that raises these topics in a way that allows us to think about them in new ways. Please go and take your friends and family.

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Posted by Betti on 03/24/2014 at 11:51 AM

Re: “Interview: Local performer Evan Harrington returns to Rochester in "Once"

Several young performers have been on national touring shows. Alizabeth York (Gananda) was in The Music Man; Colin Nims (Gananda) was in Oliver; Tim Mitchum (Rochester) was in Lion King; Clay Thompson (Gananda) was in several tours and is in Matilda on Broadway. There are many many others too!!
- John Barthelmes (who had the privledge of working with each of those amazing performers)

Posted by JohnB on 03/21/2014 at 9:11 AM

Re: “Interview: Local performer Evan Harrington returns to Rochester in "Once"

I just saw Rob Campbell, Penfield High School Class of 1987, in the Broadway show ALL THE WAY. He plays George Wallace. Amazing actor and guy!

Posted by Chey on 03/21/2014 at 8:29 AM

Re: “Interview: Local performer Evan Harrington returns to Rochester in "Once"

A huge 'Atta Boy' to Evan for not only following a dream but being a success at it. I just wish I lived a little closer to Rochester so I could see this show. Plus, it would be an opportunity to see an old high school friend, his father, Ken.

Dave Agusta
Greeley CO

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Posted by Dave Agusta on 03/19/2014 at 7:05 PM

Re: “Theater Review: Limelight Productions' "God of Carnage"

Who is the actor playing the writer? No name in review...

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Posted by LC Church on 02/25/2014 at 8:52 AM

Re: “Theater Review: "Clybourne Park" at Geva

Really looking forward to it!

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Posted by Loretta Church on 02/25/2014 at 8:43 AM

Re: “Theater Review: "Last Gas" at Geva Theatre Center

I love the first paragraph of this review so much. The comparison to Chekov is spot on. DEAD ON.

Posted by Jessica Thurston on 02/06/2014 at 2:37 PM

Re: “THEATER REVIEW: "Parfumerie"

David, You've said it so well. I saw this wonderful production on opening night and my daughter and I were blown away. This is truly the hidden gem of the season and I hope they sell out the rest of their shows.

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Posted by Bradley T. Files on 12/16/2013 at 5:09 PM

Re: “THEATER REVIEW: "Parfumerie"

What a wonderful and thorough review from Mr. Raymond! I sincerely appreciate you coming to the play and so happy you enjoyed it as well. It is such a charming and heart-felt story that I couldn't wait to share it with the Rochester community. Bravo to the dedicated and talented cast and crew to launch a fantastic show!

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Posted by Karen Tuccio on 12/16/2013 at 2:07 PM

Re: “THEATER REVIEW: "Parfumerie"

Thanks so much Mr. Raymond :-) Great review and I am humbled that you singled me out too. It is a fun role and I have really enjoyed playing it.

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Posted by Michael H. Arve on 12/16/2013 at 11:47 AM


Looks like you are more of a Sesame Street live person. Sorry the show was beyond you.

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Posted by Jack Daniels on 11/12/2013 at 6:48 PM


I get that the show is about a war horse - but if you wanted to see a straight out musical (singing and dancing), this one isn't it. Or maybe it was, I left before intermission because it was sooooo boring, so I really don't know. Tickets were free so I'm not mad, just want folks to know what they're in for: it's a coming-of-age story about a boy and his horse, that's it...I think.

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Posted by La Moore on 11/09/2013 at 5:41 PM

Re: “"The 39 Steps"

I could not agree more....the final paragraph says it all. The way this cast, crew, design team and director worked together to make this amazing production says so much about real theatre and why everyone should go and see this show. You will have fun and you will have a real experience that you will chuckle about and talk about for days to come.

And it says a lot about the fact that we are so fortunate in this community to be able to have this kind of theatre right here, for us. It must be said that a lot of the magic that these talented artists conceived was made possible because of GEVA staff...from Jean Ryon's dramaturgy, to Frank Cavallo's stage management, to all the folks in the costume shop and the scene shop (whose names we don't even know) who made all the requests happen....this really is "Theatre made in Rochester, for Rochester."

Thanks to all who make this happen for us...including those who open their wallets and give a gift beyond the ticket price.

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Posted by Betti on 10/30/2013 at 9:55 AM

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