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Comment Archives: Stories: Theater: Theater Feature

Re: “Theatre Memphis Goes All-American with Tintypes.

Mayfield, MTI has now weighed in and permitted the change, but Theatre Memphis, having reinserted the song, is keeping it anyway. That's a best result, I think. Nobody gets in trouble over best intentions and a set of warts-and-all historical snapshots remain in tact.

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Posted by Chris Davis on 11/16/2014 at 8:27 AM

Re: “Theatre Memphis Goes All-American with Tintypes.

Last I heard MTI received and acknowledged the belated request for change but had yet to decide. TM re-inserted the song pending the decision, so there's no real demand to be made at this point. The script is restored. There may be more to the story, of course.

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Posted by Chris Davis on 11/13/2014 at 9:57 PM

Re: “Theatre Memphis Goes All-American with Tintypes.

Any word if MTI forced Theatre Memphis to put that number back in?

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Posted by mayfield on 11/13/2014 at 8:38 PM

Re: “Circuit revives The Fantasticks; U of M explores the dark side of science with The Physicists.

Ditto on "The Physicists." So glad you were able to see it.

Posted by mayfield on 10/20/2014 at 6:44 PM

Re: “Elaine Blanchard’s Positive Stories

A story that's so needed to be told.

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Posted by mayfield on 07/24/2014 at 6:18 PM

Re: “Elaine Blanchard’s Positive Stories

It's always very moving to read your entries, Elaine. I think you are making a real difference and doing it with grace and caring. thank you for the things you are doing and for who you are. peace, Michele

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Posted by Michele Wright Bartlow on 07/24/2014 at 4:32 PM

Re: “Elaine Blanchard’s Positive Stories

What a gift Elaine Blanchard is to the city of Memphis, along with Friends for Life and these brave individuals who are finding courage to share their stories.

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Posted by Melissa Anderson Sweazy on 07/24/2014 at 9:57 AM

Re: “Gypsy at Playhouse on the Square

The practical need to distinguish between two Roses, no doubt.

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Posted by Chris Davis on 05/20/2014 at 12:18 AM

Re: “Gypsy at Playhouse on the Square

Here's a fun fact: She is never called "Mama Rose" in the musical. Arthur Laurents suggests that nobody close to her ever called her that.

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Posted by TScott on 05/19/2014 at 3:14 PM

Re: “Gypsy at Playhouse on the Square

I'll be seeing GYSPY this weekend. And I won't be thinking about this review when I do. This reviewer forgot this is article isn't running in "Theater Fan Monthly", but in a general-interest newspaper for anyone in the metro area who might want to see this production. Most people will not be thinking of Tyne Daly or Ethel Merman (who died 30 years ago). If this production has problems (for example, you call this production "soulless" but offer no explanation to support that label), then present them in context of the production itself, not in comparison to a Broadway production that costs $100 more per seat. Perhaps your friends are impressed with the depth of your knowledge of theaters, but readers are not.

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Posted by Steve Scheer on 05/19/2014 at 9:11 AM

Re: “Gypsy at Playhouse on the Square

I wrote a biography of the real Rose, Rose Thompson Hovick - wish I could see this production!

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Posted by Carolyn Quinn on 05/18/2014 at 3:40 PM

Re: “Gypsy at Playhouse on the Square

No reference to Patti Lupone? She nailed the role of Mamma Rose in the last Broadway revival.
Would be tough to see anyone else in the role for a long, long time.

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Posted by mayfield on 05/16/2014 at 8:38 PM

Re: “Gypsy at Playhouse on the Square

"It's visually underwhelming, especially by the standard Playhouse has set for itself in recent years." Having seen SPAMALOT there this year, I get that.

I thought the performances of Barclay, Carla and Leah Beth Bolton were all on point, particularly Carla. It was what I looked for, a fun night.

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Posted by LeftWingCracker on 05/16/2014 at 1:33 PM

Re: “Gypsy at Playhouse on the Square

At least everything Playhouse attempts to mount exceeds mediocre theatre on a regular basis. And, most of the time way beyond. Gypsy is no exception.

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Posted by Kenneth Schildt on 05/15/2014 at 6:31 PM

Re: “Gypsy at Playhouse on the Square

It's visually underwhelming, especially by the standard Playhouse has set for itself in recent years. Barclay and Carla are two of the most reliable area performers and two I've often identified as personal favorites. I'm not sure what's so cynical about saying that this bleak-looking affair felt sturdy but by the numbers.

Jordan's one of the most exciting young artists in town, and it's about time to drop "young" because chronology notwithstanding, within the business he's pretty mature.

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Posted by Chris Davis on 05/15/2014 at 9:21 AM

Re: “Gypsy at Playhouse on the Square

I went to the opening night performance of Gypsy and it was anything but colorless and restrained.

Carla is incredible as Mama Rose. I cried in Rose's Turn. I felt that Herbie ( Barkley) really loved Rose. Having seen both Carla and Barcley in countless prior performances, I noticed that I forgot that I knew each one of them personally as I became more and more engaged in the show.

The band is featured in the show. They would normally be in the pitt but they are on stage and in sight most of the performance.

This is one of the most cynical reviews I have ever read.

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Posted by Sarla Nichols on 05/15/2014 at 8:53 AM

Re: “Bloody Good

What theatre critic gets caught in the act of leaving a show? Sounds like the Memphis Flyer hired an amateur.

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Posted by anonymous1014 on 03/11/2014 at 10:15 AM

Re: “Bloody Good

Critiquing the critic. Mr. Davis, I had the unpleasant experience of being seated next to you during the matinee performance of "Boeing, Boeing". Ahh, humor; It takes you to a happy place. It's uplifting to be part of a group sharing laughter. I guess you were not in a happy place on Sunday. Your stoic, affectless demeanor was distressing in the midst of a very happy audience. Must have been a bad day. Your level of tension was palpable. In the future, please choose seating where you can do your job of "theater critic" on an aisle or in the last row. Those of us who are hard working, paying customers just want to have fun. I'll be honest, I was relieved when you did not return for the second act, your loss.

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Posted by outsider looking in on 03/09/2014 at 9:43 PM

Re: “Bloody Good

Too bad "Bloody, Bloody" doesn't have another performance. It was packed last night. Quite a show!

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Posted by mayfield on 03/08/2014 at 12:16 PM

Re: “Bloody Good

re. Boeing: It just seemed an impossible task to play a sex-comedy of doors when you could focus on all the doors at the same time.

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Posted by RonGephart on 03/06/2014 at 11:08 AM

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