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.
Who is the actor playing the writer? No name in review...
Really looking forward to it!
I love the first paragraph of this review so much. The comparison to Chekov is spot on. DEAD ON.
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.
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!
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.
Looks like you are more of a Sesame Street live person. Sorry the show was beyond you.
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.
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.
Kudo's to a wonderful actress. We want to see more of Thomas Smalley (Aggy Dune)
Thanks for the clarification, JCC fan; you're absolutely right. This being my first experience with the musical, and given the wibbly wobbly timey wimey nature of the plot, I must have confused the geography of who was where and when. Luckily I don't think my mistake took anything away from the show - the important bit being understanding that the couple was separate by distance (at least temporarily) and that it put a strain on the relationship.
I really appreciate the feedback, though. This way, I'll be much better prepared for the next time I see the show!
Something to note: Cathy does not live in Ohio. The long-distance relationship only exists temporarily for the couple while Cathy is doing summer stock style productions away from NYC.
The show takes place in NYC with author Jason Robert Brown stating in most of his comment s on the show, that the couple is the idealistic NYC couple- perfect and imperfect at the same time.
You're absolutely correct, Stratford Fan. We've corrected the article. Thanks.
You should know that Tom Rooney, not Brian Bedford, plays the role of Angelo in Measure for Measure.
At the event, they said that 5 shows are brand new to the market (in their season, with more as "specials"). And, by the way, Les Miz is a huge movie hit, so timely...and Phantom is a new version (as Nocciolino explained during the roll out event). RBTL brings popular entertainment, they are not trying to say they do anything else.
With popular entertainment events, the marketplace determines what works and what does not...guess I do not have a problem with that.
I realize that the goal of the RBTL is to make money, not promote art or originality, but my god, ANOTHER run of Phantom? Isn't the 4th., or 5th. or 5th. road show of Les Miz in May bad enough?
This season sure is great! I went to the announcement event and could not help but wonder why we are losing RBTL to the suburbs? I rarely agreed with Bob Duffy, but he wanted to keep them, then, later, Mayor Richards did not care. But, even he was at the announcment event. It looks like they are in growth mode while arts organizations are in trouble here,
I guess Rothchild was right in his comments that night...RBTL recognized the change in what was happening in the arts and responded years agoand approached things differently. Now, they are leaving downtown and our city is the loser!
There IS a double standard; Darius is right. And we know why but seldom dare state it.
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