Yes, 1994. Folks have been Memphisizing Tartuffe across a few decades, at least. The King's appearance was a little jarring, but it was a thoughtful, fun adaptation. Link the the playbill, if interested. http://dlynx.rhodes.edu/jspui/handle/10267…
Not to look behind the sets too closely, as this IS art... But 1994?
Both Tony and Christina are blessed in my memory of this show from 1986, as are the rest of the cast. It was my first time to direct on TM's Mainstage, so it was special, and wonderful to get to work with Jay, Kermit and Andre. Thank you, Chris, for the souvenir.
I found it refreshing to see some new faces in the lead roles.
I'm a fan of the novel and an admirer of the film, at least. The play is a more difficult prospect. The secondary characters are given no room to develop, and the last scene's biggest tragedy feels unearned and manipulative in the stage version in a way it doesn't in print and on screen. That's not to say the play can't have the life or impact of the novel or the film, it's just more of a tightrope walk, and in spite of some good performances, I don't think TM's production ever quite got there. (A near miss, with room to grow). The problems I mention are inherent in the novel, of course, which focuses pretty tightly on Frankie and her immediate surroundings. But the mediums make all the difference in the world.
Glad to see new faces in the major roles of "One Man, Two Guvnors."
I've always loved this novel, the play, and the movie with Julie Harris was lyrically exquisite. The film was director Zinneman's favorite, but a box office disappointment.
The other photo is even creepier.
Well, the story is a little creepy & sinister too. So that's probably a good thing.
I know nothing about the play or the production, and it's probably just me, but that picture for MADHATTED looks incredibly creepy and sinister.
I didn't attend or review Mary Poppins at all (A zero-sentence review?). I don't make every show, but I do make almost every show. I don't review every play I attend either. If I don't it's usually because I have nothing nice to say although once in a great while it's a question of competing deadlines.
I was an indie producer for a long time and coming from that world I'm especially fond of smaller fringe productions and I've given lots of attention to upstart artists over the years. Still do and you can find lots of that stuff in the archives. Although, again, I don't see everything. Sometimes it's my fault. Sometimes its because small groups aren't marketing geniuses and I get notice the day of the event. (been there).
The "Company" review is mixed, and mixed reviews tend to require more room. Also the problems here are interesting problems, not the usual stuff that's easy to shorthand. I get really tired of writing about the same kinds of triumphs, and the same kinds of tragedies. Fail or fly in a new way, I get excited.
Amazing the length and depth of this review in comparison to the 1 sentence review of Mary poppins or of any of the other small fringe theatre productions. Just a case of nothing nice to say or lack of interest or didn't bother?
The awards don't always go to who I suspect that they will or perhaps to who I would want them to...and that is not necessarily a bad thing... But when a man of John Rone's talent and calibre gets recognized and appreciated...the stars and universe feel in allignment.
Congrats to all involved! Sorry I couldn't be at the ceremony this year.
Sorry about that. Happened early this a.m. correcting typos before coffee. Fixed. Only one set of winners now. Although they certainly merit more than a single mention.
Awards so good, you had to say them twice!
Dear Mr. Davis: I am so grateful for your comments concerning Jack Yates' set for As You Like It (Theatre Memphis.) It was genius and I felt privileged to work with him. Thank you.
I think Janie's did show up way back when. Did not see her work this year, but heard good things about her work in "Haint." This season the judging pool has been increased significantly, and wondering if there will be any differences in the results. Subjectivity is always a factor, but certain actors always seem to show up on the nomination list--an inevitability I suppose in any kind of awards.
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