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Comment Archives: Stories: Theater

Re: “Have a #Blessed Day

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…

Posted by Chris Davis on 10/18/2014 at 4:35 PM

Re: “Have a #Blessed Day

Not to look behind the sets too closely, as this IS art... But 1994?

Posted by OakTree on 10/18/2014 at 7:50 AM

Re: “Theatre Memphis Revives “The Heiress”

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.

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Posted by Joanne Malin on 10/17/2014 at 10:09 PM

Re: “The Memphis Roots of "One Man Two Guvnors"

I found it refreshing to see some new faces in the lead roles.

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Posted by mayfield on 10/04/2014 at 8:09 PM

Re: “Members Only: Theatre Memphis Attempts Carson McCullers’ “A Member of the Wedding”

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.

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Posted by Chris Davis on 09/29/2014 at 6:33 AM

Re: “Will Call: Tips & Tidbits for the Theatrically Inclined

Glad to see new faces in the major roles of "One Man, Two Guvnors."

Posted by mayfield on 09/28/2014 at 9:44 PM

Re: “Members Only: Theatre Memphis Attempts Carson McCullers’ “A Member of the Wedding”

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.

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Posted by mayfield on 09/27/2014 at 12:04 AM

Re: “Will Call: Tips & Tidbits for the Theatrically Inclined

The other photo is even creepier.

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Posted by mayfield on 09/26/2014 at 11:59 PM

Re: “Will Call: Tips & Tidbits for the Theatrically Inclined

Well, the story is a little creepy & sinister too. So that's probably a good thing.

Posted by Chris Davis on 09/26/2014 at 12:17 PM

Re: “Will Call: Tips & Tidbits for the Theatrically Inclined

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.

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Posted by tony.isbell on 09/26/2014 at 12:10 PM

Re: “Bad Company: Video Projection Compromises a Stephen Sondheim Classic

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.

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Posted by Chris Davis on 09/18/2014 at 3:56 PM

Re: “Bad Company: Video Projection Compromises a Stephen Sondheim Classic

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?

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Posted by hox on 09/18/2014 at 3:10 PM
Posted by Chris Davis on 08/26/2014 at 3:40 PM

Re: “The 2013-14 Ostrander Awards: Picks, Pans, and Who Got Robbed?

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.

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Posted by J Hemphill on 08/26/2014 at 2:58 PM

Re: “Ostrander Winners, 2013-14

Congrats to all involved! Sorry I couldn't be at the ceremony this year.

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Posted by Ned Canty on 08/25/2014 at 2:15 PM

Re: “Ostrander Winners, 2013-14

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.

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Posted by Chris Davis on 08/25/2014 at 8:36 AM

Re: “Ostrander Winners, 2013-14

Awards so good, you had to say them twice!

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Posted by critter42 on 08/25/2014 at 7:58 AM

Re: “The 2013-14 Ostrander Awards: Picks, Pans, and Who Got Robbed?

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.

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Posted by Anita Jo Lenhart on 08/22/2014 at 11:29 PM
Posted by Ann Marie Hall on 08/22/2014 at 1:48 PM

Re: “Congratulations to All the Ostrander Award Nominees, 2013-14

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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Posted by mayfield on 08/08/2014 at 7:53 PM

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