Saw this play last weekend. GO SEE IT MEMPHIS!! Excellent Cast and great subject matter.
Takes an actor to know an actor and takes a critic to know a critic. Eloquent tribute to an eloquent presence in Memphis culture.
So glad someone is doing Ibsen. Hope they get good audiences.
I wish I had known about this event. My father placed me in a Children's Theater production of Pinocchio when I was 7. All I had to do was wear a pink tutu and walk out on the stage of the Ellis Auditorium and say, "I am a dancing doll, a dancing doll, a dancing doll", and twirl. Cookie's mother, Julia Ewing, ran the entire Children's Theater for years. The whole experience of being around all ages of kids, hanging out in the theater, eating dinner between performances, and being watched over for by this wonderful teenager, Cookie, was an experience I will never forget. It ignited a love of the magic of theater I have carried with me my whole life. Best wishes to you, Cookie, on your retirement! Where have the years gone?
I am not huge fan of one-person shows, but this one is excellent.
Thanks Jenny, the listing's correct. I was trying to return you to the scene of the crime.
The show is actually going to be at TheatreSouth which is in the basement of First Congregational Church. 1000 South Cooper!
There are almost NEVER understudies for ANY roles at any theatre in Memphis. Maybe occasionally, but it's extremely rare. The theatre scene in Memphis just isn't built that way.
Most of the roles could be covered quickly if need be because they are not too massive. Humphrey and King and of course LBJ would be a problem. I can't imagine having an understudy for Johnson for such a short run with him having the bulk of the lines during the 3 hour show. We have most of the middle aged men in town in the show already...I guess the decision was made to cross our fingers and pray that George stayed healthy. The ensemble roles are almost like chess pieces and are constantly moving and jumping from character to character. I imagine it would make any understudy's head spin being thrown into such chaos at the last minute...but not much flusters Ann Marie.
Surprised that Playhouse did not assign understudies for certain roles.
Yep. AMH is a trooper. But so is Irene. Hope she makes a speedy recovery.
Oh that's good to know! It is what we were thinking had happened. In that case, she was fantastic!!!!
Thanks John. Was about to make the same note.
Ann Marie Hall filled in Saturday and Sunday for a cast member who became ill at the last minute. They threw her into a costume and would push her on stage when she had a line. Ann Marie is a formidable local actress who while reading her cards on Saturday had about memorized the role by the Sunday matinee. It wasn't the ideal situation but she saved us from having to cancel all of the performances this last weekend...and gave a pretty impressive showing in spite of the situation. Live Theatre!
Saw it last night and the actress playing Lady Bird read all of her lines from notes she carried around with her. I am wondering if she got called in at the last minute or what went wrong there. It was distracting, but if she got that last minute call, it's understandable.
Have to offer a dissenting opinion. Saw it tonight (Sat. 3/12) and it wasn't boring at all. The audience was responsive -- lots of laughs in this show, believe it or not -- so I wasn't the only one who thought so. Not saying Mr. Davis is "wrong", just that my mileage varied. Or the show came together in the last couple of days. I thought it was terrifically entertaining, and it's so, so timely. If American political history interests you at all, you should see this.
I've always wanted to see the Kentucky Cycle. Six hour shows don't get produced all that often.
Haven't seen or read this play, but I did read Schenkhen's "Kentucky Cycle", a very long play that reads better than it plays--yet it won the Pulitzer.
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