To clarify: I get the urge to clap louder for "the volunteers." And think it's a heartfelt misunderstanding. I sounded blunt because I was phone typing, and that wasn't intentional.
That wasn't backhanded, just the usual boosterism w/half-truths in tow. I don't want to be the ones telling the TM design team they aren't pros. Or paid directors, or cast members who also get professional work. This is an astonishing production. But even when it astonishes, it's a better film than it is a musical. There's no getting around that, and it's my job to contextualize things for a broad general audience, not cheer for the volunteers for trying so hard. The ones who've been around know I've got too much respect for them, and the craft to pander. But waxy... For being a critic's critic, and a bit of a booster yourself, you're starting to sound a little like me.
@ Joey, why the backhanded compliment? Many of these community actors (including the director) frequently work at this town's professional theatre company (POTS).
To say that it is an "incredibly impressive production" is enough, don't you think? No need to qualify your comments with, "this is a community production."
Caught the show Saturday nite. Very impressive production. I could have enjoyed it a lot more, though, had I not been sweating like the proverbial pig! I was sitting upstairs, and could have sworn I was in a sauna. TM...how 'bout a little AC for the "cheap seats"? Especially when it's a sold-out house and we're packed in like sardines?
Overall, a fair review although I don't know the critic from 'Eve.' Remember that this is a community theatre production. No actors (as far as I know) are paid. They are volunteers. It is an incredibly impressive production. See it if you can. IF, that is, you can even get tickets.
I stumbled across this while searching for something else, and I think it's great. I was in "Thais" also, and it was a theater experience like no other. I would love to see this subject revisited.
I think that it is good to admit that this kind of thing is not a good way to hide a monied position.
Memphis is an embarassment to the united states now.
When we all look back on just exactly how profound the embarassment to...I guess the memphis elite who occupy at lest some positions as benefactors of the memphis theatre community it might even erode the U.S. dollar.
I remember the christmas plays Seusical at Playhouse along with "A Gay Christmas" at Theatreworks it makes the seriousness of the problem hard to avoid: No-One likes the idea of child molestors, right?
You know...it may be that "humans" were simply not good at governing themselves in the end. Because, I think that's what it is headed towards.
...ad I think that I'll tend to agree when that happens. However, I'm half-human and there is nothing wrong with me.
The point is: when that occurs "We" cannot let the abomination of things in a failed place like distract the allied advance.
Like: Investigations that are distractions too the allied advance by investigating conspiracies of white-slavery and child molestation connected too memphis elite through Kim Justis, for instance.
All of this continues to occur that just proves that people are inherrently-corrupt; and that WILL bring-down the value of The US dollar.
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Will we have a swimming pool on August 25th?
I just love Sister Myotis!
This is a review from the show, I told you about. I have emailed Bill Baker, and will try to get you a script soon.
It was a true labor of love.
I'm a little late to this party, but I guess "if you haven't read it"...oh, nevermind. I think MiSC's post above is interesting in that everyone except Jackman, Craig & Spacey are considered by many theatre-goers to be arrogant @holes - and their responses to this "crisis" do nothing to contradict this opinion.
Anybody can make a mistake and many people freeze-up when put on the spot. I'd hate to alienate someone - or everyone - in the audience by treating the offender as less than human simply because she forgot to turn off her phone. The best response is to temporarily break the wall and ask the person to kindly silence her phone, which is exactly what Tony did, more or less. Any harsher response is proof of asinine egotism and inferior parentage.
Loved Jellerson in Twelfth Night. Sorry I missed this production.
If Chris is too old to report on this, then I'm too old to read it!
Call me old fashioned, but reading the list would take much less time than watching a 15-minute video. Nevertheless, congrats to all the nominees.
It's the Orpheum's quadrennial attempt to score some younger season ticket holders by not doing an all Rogers & Hammerstein / Andrew Lloyd Webber season. They'll revert back to their more banal offerings next year (but in the meantime I'm planning a road trip for Book of Mormon; much like my road trip for the pretty-okay-if-slight Zorro last weekend.)
It's the new 30, I hear. But I'm probably too old to even report on this.
"Young" theater-goers, age 40?!?!?
I'm with you BL: It's good to have this conversation: to monologue, dialogue, like and dislike. After so many threads that go: "The critics an asshole" "am not" "are too" "nuh uh" it's exciting to see a forum where even people who agree, agree differently. And, the binary condition of like/dislike notwithstanding, respectfully.
Right or wrong, thank you for launching the conversation @Tony Isbell.
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