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Comment Archives: Stories: Theater

Re: “Fools Among Fools: "The Matchmaker" is Classic Comedy

I didn't miss the music, exactly. (although I did miss Stoppard's expanded slapstick). It's just strange how VERY similar all the versions are-- And yet they all leave a unique (and strong) impression. So, if you're acquainted with the variations, it's hard to see one version without being visited by ghosts of the others. Or something like that. It's like dating identical twins with distinct personalities.

Posted by Chris Davis on 10/12/2015 at 8:37 AM

Re: “Fools Among Fools: "The Matchmaker" is Classic Comedy

I didn't miss the music at all!! It was a delightful production!!! And, the way to do slapstick comedy, in my opinion!! Marler Stone

Posted by Clay Marler Stone on 10/12/2015 at 7:14 AM

Re: “A Premature Burial: Theatre Memphis' GIN GAME is a Safe Bet

I think so too. But, as with R&GRdead, the coin keeps coming up heads for Fonsia. Or the cards keep coming up gin at any rate. And Jim's Weller had more than a little of the old wheelchair-ridden tyrant in him. On purpose or not, it's got that absurd, faintly otherworldly edge. Separated from the music and the dancing, and the life--- but able to hear it all well enough to be annoyed. Warehoused like old, blanket-covered furniture... etc.

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Posted by Chris Davis on 10/03/2015 at 10:08 PM

Re: “A Premature Burial: Theatre Memphis' GIN GAME is a Safe Bet

Coburn would likely say "Who knew?" with the references to Beckett and Stoppard...So pleased to have seen this before the premature closing.

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Posted by mayfield on 10/03/2015 at 8:18 PM

Re: “Ira Aldridge Has a Cold: STCC Puts History On Stage

I think it runs through Oct. 11th.

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Posted by mayfield on 10/03/2015 at 2:52 PM

Re: “The Halloran Centre for Performing Arts and Education is Open

Ballet Memphis has a long history with The Orpheum. Hopefully nobody gets laid to waste. New Ballet Ensemble has a unique identity and a strong brand. Although an annual Nutcrackeresque dance battle in the Union/Cooper intersection would be nice.

Posted by Chris Davis on 09/15/2015 at 12:03 PM

Re: “The Halloran Centre for Performing Arts and Education is Open

It is a beautiful center. The event Saturday was well planned and very nice. Looking forward to many great things there in the future.

Posted by Carolyn Clements on 09/15/2015 at 11:04 AM

Re: “The Halloran Centre for Performing Arts and Education is Open

The spectacle of the balloons at the door promises excitement. I thought Ballet Memphis was coming to the old French Quarter Inn, and lay waste to New Ballet Ensemble? Have they decided to go downtown and lay waste to Beale Street instead?

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Posted by Wilhelm "Wild Bill" Schoedenfelder on 09/15/2015 at 8:20 AM

Re: “The Ostrander Awards, 2015: Like You Were There

It was a grand night. Winners were spread out a bit more than I expected. Disappointed that "Assassins" didn't get one. Bravo to all the winners and yes, bravo, to all the nominees.

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Posted by mayfield on 08/31/2015 at 1:36 PM

Re: “Buyer & Cellar and The Producers explore the boundaries of excess.

Hope Buyer and Cellar gets a larger audience. Come on Memphis folks, musicals are not the only ways to have a good time at the theater.

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Posted by mayfield on 08/30/2015 at 11:25 AM

Re: “Intermission Impossible's 2015 Ostrander Predictions — And WHO GOT ROBBED?

Morgan Watson. The Convert. Sorry. Can't let that one go. Ask anyone who say her perform.

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Posted by Justin T. Johnson on 08/29/2015 at 7:48 PM

Re: “Ostrander Awards Update: Who Else Got Robbed?

The convert at Hattiloo got robbed as an entity. Especially Morgan N. Watson.

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Posted by Justin T. Johnson on 08/29/2015 at 7:45 PM

Re: “Ostrander Awards Update: Who Else Got Robbed?

ZZZZZ

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Posted by mayfield on 08/28/2015 at 11:58 PM

Re: “Intermission Impossible's 2015 Ostrander Predictions — And WHO GOT ROBBED?

Yes, yes, and yes...Yes, The Seagull was robbed. I get that the clever parody "Vanya..." was fun, but damn, Chehov is fucking hard to get right. And the whole production team got it right...Love Ms Palmer but that was not her best work. Why was Ms Brown's performance apparently oblivious?...I get that it's all subjective, so...let's celebrate on Sunday.

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Posted by mayfield on 08/28/2015 at 10:35 PM

Re: “Ostrander Awards Update: Who Else Got Robbed?

Chris needs to channel Kanye and have a "I'm really happy for you, I'ma let you finish, but John had one of the best performance of all time!" moment at the ceremony.

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Posted by Charlie Eppes on 08/28/2015 at 5:30 PM

Re: “Intermission Impossible's 2015 Ostrander Predictions — And WHO GOT ROBBED?

Oliver absolutely should've been nominated for Bad Jews!

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Posted by adeledazeem on 08/28/2015 at 2:12 PM

Re: “Ostrander Awards Update: Who Else Got Robbed?

He was MAGICAL!!! Strange, creepy and dear all at once, he never took it over the top into a level of camp that you'd disconnect with. Amazing performance and he.was.ROBBED!!!

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Posted by Kara Diana Blackwood on 08/28/2015 at 1:37 PM

Re: “Intermission Impossible's 2015 Ostrander Predictions — And WHO GOT ROBBED?

I liked Masotti in Seminar. Loved her in The Seagull.

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Posted by Chris Davis on 08/28/2015 at 11:44 AM

Re: “Intermission Impossible's 2015 Ostrander Predictions — And WHO GOT ROBBED?

...and Julia Masotti every time she stepped on stage last season but especially in Seminar...nuanced and specific and so good

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Posted by John M Hemphill on 08/28/2015 at 11:30 AM

Re: “Intermission Impossible's 2015 Ostrander Predictions — And WHO GOT ROBBED?

Yes..Tamara....Erin most definitely.....and bias aside Lorraine and Brie were showstoppers....I would throw in Oliver Jacob Pierce who got John Moored (ala A Steady Rain) by being the only one in Bad Jews without a nomination. It was a great performance and a tight ensemble...plus he is a good dude.

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Posted by John M Hemphill on 08/28/2015 at 11:21 AM

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