Here's a link to our blog which outlines the ROMNEY PLAY!
Thanks for the input on the audience's demographics at the performance you attended. We're blessed by more season ticket holder than any other organization (sports included) in Rochester and our regular sales this year have been very good. Although i know our audiences are very diverse, the show content impacts the audiences' demographics.
We will be posting a blog about the "elections at Geva" on our blog site in the coming days. Obama did win in every post-show election but some were very close.
Also, just for you Eric, we'll be posting the text of the "Romney Play" since we never got to perform it.
Same experience—The audience at the performance I attended was totally dominated by ancient hippies who apparently love Obama as much as they love the Kennedys, weed, free phones, and loafing.
If I were a marketing director and that was my core demographic, I'd panic.
Eric - so far, Obama has won every post show election! Although we're all anxious to see the skit for Romney, at this point, I'm not sure we will.
Kevin Sweeney, Geva Theatre Director of Marketing
Just saw the show and must, sadly, agree with this review--which I read after seeing the show. I've directed this show, been in it, love it, and this production, while fun to see from the "audience," was hugely disappointing. The first act lacked the zaniness factor, key lines were often said with no emotion, the acting was pedestrian---except for Essie--- and the wonderful role of Grandpa was, well, simply terrible--very sad. Frankly, I'm shocked, as I love GEVA and am a regular--I will not give up, but this was a major, major disappointment.
After reading this review, there is one thing I've noticed about Mr. Lasser: He likes to hear himself write. He used the same style when he reviewed Grey Gardens, back in May. Perhaps he'd like to review himself, next time?
Why, oh why can't it be Rogers & Hammerstein all day, every day, day in, day out, night and day, day by day by day by day...harrumph.
Don't know when you went, or what performance you saw, but we were there Friday night, and yes "Fuck" is funny "occasionally", but the audience wasn't laughing at just that. I rarely laugh at it, and only cracked up at one particular use of it. Get your head out of the sand and appreciate what new theatre brings to the table. Are there parts of the musical that could've been better, yes, but there always is. There is NO PERFECT MUSICAL, and apparently your sense of humor got thrown out with the trash when "the business" changed its tune. I thought this production had a pleasant mix of everything that was needed to pull it off. Its a shame you couldn't see that or hear it. You spent 7 paragraphs on the show and barely anything on reviewing the actual show itself.
Really, Mr. Lasser...it's time to lay down your typewriter.
As usual, Mr. Lasser doesn't understand the piece he is reviewing. Oh and as usual requested to review a piece he knew he wouldn't like. The fact the audience loved it and this "reviewer" didn't only goes to show that Mr. Lasser is severely out of sync with both the material and the performance. Lets just hope Mr. Lasser will finally do Rochester a favor and RETIRE from "reviewing".
For being a regular theatre goer, its surprising that Lasser misunderstands the characterization . The show was funny, witty, and unlike anything I had ever seen. Refer to other publications for more worth-while reviews.
This would have been a perfect addition to the fringe festival. Why was this not considered?
Recreation: Take part in the Red White and Blue Balloon Rally, to be held at the Letchworth State Park (1 Letchworth State Park, Castile) this week.
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