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