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Re: “Madness Takes Control: POTS “Rocky Horror" is built to make crowds go wild

Yeah. Eddie. Then again, he's not been given much to do.

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Posted by Chris Davis on 01/30/2015 at 6:38 PM

Re: “Madness Takes Control: POTS “Rocky Horror" is built to make crowds go wild

I disagree that Jerre is the weak link, Eddie is DEFINITELY the weakest!! I love the energy he brought to Frank, the nods to Mark & to Tim Curry are fantastic!!

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Posted by Ashley Elizabeth Suaird on 01/30/2015 at 6:21 PM

Re: “"Bad Jews" is Good Theater at Circuit Playhouse

Oh from the enclosed video, now I get it. Delaware is Palestine. That accounts for all the Debbies in Haifa.

Posted by Mia S Kite on 01/30/2015 at 5:25 PM

Re: “Madness Takes Control: POTS “Rocky Horror" is built to make crowds go wild

Very solid review and I agree with most everything said. However, in this production Jerre Dye is the weakest link.

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Posted by Michael White on 01/30/2015 at 4:07 PM

Re: “"Bad Jews" is Good Theater at Circuit Playhouse

I don't disagree with that. I think it all works in context, though. Some things, I think, are intentional and meant to underscore a characters' pretentiousness. Non-Jews especially may miss that the chai isn't actually an object of great spiritual significance. The few real failings I see are pretty typical "young writer swinging for the fence."

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Posted by Chris Davis on 01/30/2015 at 12:34 PM

Re: “"Bad Jews" is Good Theater at Circuit Playhouse

It's okay as a play, but the dialog doesn't ring true: from agnostic to Zionist, I don't know anyone who speaks that way. Leo Rosten would give it a solid meh.

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Posted by Don on 01/30/2015 at 5:32 AM

Re: “A First Look at Playhouse on the Square's Revival of "The Rocky Horror Show"

Omg! This is such a fun show! Jerre was simply amazing! I will be seeing it again.

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Posted by Michael Ellis on 01/24/2015 at 11:08 PM

Re: “Laura Stracko Franks Talks About "Bad Jews" and Life After Playhouse on the Square

And is a great singer. And maybe even a better actor. Bees knees. Will miss her when she's gone again. (Somebody make her an offer hard to refuse).

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Posted by Chris Davis on 01/22/2015 at 6:35 PM

Re: “Laura Stracko Franks Talks About "Bad Jews" and Life After Playhouse on the Square

Every successful actor & theatre artist, that I know, run on the thought "I'm never going to work again. I have to hustle this every moment". It's a business & you have to have a plan. That is why Laura is successful, she works her plan in a businesslike manner. Plus she's pretty

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Posted by costume on 01/22/2015 at 6:12 PM

Re: “A First Look at Playhouse on the Square's Revival of "The Rocky Horror Show"

Just a wee bit of awesomeness in Memphis!

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Posted by Victoria Sage on 01/21/2015 at 12:38 PM

Re: “Too Bad You'll Miss Opera Memphis’ “Hansel & Gretel.”

It seems this isn't a review, but a spotlight on something special created by a remarkable area artist collaborating with a a remarkable area institution. But thanks for the thoughtful comment, it has certainly enlightened us all.

Posted by Chris Davis on 01/20/2015 at 7:08 AM

Re: “Too Bad You'll Miss Opera Memphis’ “Hansel & Gretel.”

It seems the reviewer perceives the trained opera singers as little more than a soundtrack to an art show. I guess Opera Memphis should be thankful for small favors. Davis did say," The singing is very good," although severing it from the acting performances as if such were possible in an opera where the propulsion of the story depends entirely on the feeling those uncredited singers evoke. This was made obvious during one less fascinating scene, one supposes the portion where Davis describes performances as "not taken as far as they could go" which despite Ms. Duckworth's ongoing magnificent scenery denied the audience the fairy tale immersion they experienced throughout the remainder of the show. Perhaps the singers did make some small contribution after all.

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Posted by L Miller on 01/19/2015 at 8:55 AM

Re: “Too Bad You'll Miss Opera Memphis’ “Hansel & Gretel.”

Beautiful show. Thank you.

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Posted by Chris Davis on 01/16/2015 at 1:16 PM

Re: “Too Bad You'll Miss Opera Memphis’ “Hansel & Gretel.”

Thanks for the great article! I wanted to note that we have a few pairs of tickets that were returned by subscribers this morning, and their loss is anyone's gain! operamemphis.org

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Posted by Ned Canty on 01/16/2015 at 12:57 PM

Re: “Friends Celebrate the Life of U of M Theater Professor Josie Helming

I will be there, Josie was a powerful influence in my life and art.

Dusty

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Posted by Dusty on 01/08/2015 at 9:43 PM

Re: “Goodbye Josie: The Memphis Theatre Community Loses a Beloved Educator

Wonderful tribute to an impressive colleague!

Posted by Lynne M. Webb on 12/04/2014 at 12:12 AM

Re: “Goodbye Josie: The Memphis Theatre Community Loses a Beloved Educator

It's hard to articulate what Josie Helming meant to this community. Chris, your tribute was eloquent and meaningful and more than fleshed out what made her special. I so appreciate your personal recollection. I realize now that you may have been my server a time or two at La Montagne.

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Posted by jeepsdude on 12/01/2014 at 2:32 PM

Re: “Goodbye Josie: The Memphis Theatre Community Loses a Beloved Educator

She was an amazing woman.

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Posted by Diane Fields on 11/29/2014 at 7:18 PM

Re: “Goodbye Josie: The Memphis Theatre Community Loses a Beloved Educator

UPDATE: The U of M Memorial Service/Program has been rescheduled. The finalized date is Saturday, January 10th at 2:00pm in "Big Red" at the Department of Theatre and Dance at the University of Memphis. I'll change it in the body of text when I'm near a laptop.

Posted by Chris Davis on 11/29/2014 at 9:24 AM

Re: “Goodbye Josie: The Memphis Theatre Community Loses a Beloved Educator

She was well loved. You will truly be missed.

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Posted by ZW on 11/27/2014 at 9:47 AM

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