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Comment Archives: Stories: Theater

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

Absolutely Fabulous Darlings! Jerrye rocks Frank-n-Furter to the Ground!!!

Posted by Dorothy Jones on 02/09/2015 at 11:32 AM

Re: “Theatre Memphis' "Of Mice and Men" Doesn't Say Much About Either

I tend to believe, in the right hands, even the phone book might belong on stage. But I know what you mean. Intimate stagings are better, no doubt.

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Posted by Chris Davis on 02/03/2015 at 6:51 PM

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

I think Jerre Dye is immensely talented but I am puzzled, too, by his enormous local following.

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Posted by mayfield on 02/03/2015 at 6:40 PM

Re: “Theatre Memphis' "Of Mice and Men" Doesn't Say Much About Either

Have never seen a stage version of this even though I have always been a fan of the book. Even though the novel is ripe with dialogue, I always felt the story never really belonged on stage...on another note The Grapes of Wrath stage production in Chicago was thrilling.

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Posted by mayfield on 02/03/2015 at 6:36 PM

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

Michael, I figured that's what you were driving at, and don't entirely disagree. But "The Jerre Dye Show" isn't really Jerre's fault. The other characters were pushed into the background. This is by design-- and it's a mostly fun design, although it doesn't trust the sturdiness of the material. The real weak link here-- and it's tough for me to say this, because I know how much he loves the show-- is the director. He gave himself over to absolute pleasure, and as a result we get too much (fine) choreography, too much Jerre, too many clever bits, and not enough of anything else. Consider "Superheroes." The song's about Brad and Janet--- it's their song. But they're forced all the way upstage, on the high platform, and are presented almost in silhouette, not relating to anybody let alone each other. The action is all transylvanians occupying the light, and the stage's strongest positions, moving out. Their whole role in this whole drama is all but snuffed out in that one choice. And what lingers in the memory is Jerre Dye giving one helluva performance in a bubble where he's all that matters.

End of day, it's just a different way to interpret the work. I liked Scott's last Rocky better (1997). There were actors in that supporting cast that will not be pushed to the corners. No matter how hard you try.

Adding to all of that: Jerre's the kind of actor that directors cast to be exactly what you describe. He gives you everything. It's your job to sculpt it into a specific thing. The reductive process is hard, but "too much of a good thing" is real, and it's deadly in the theater.

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Posted by Chris Davis on 02/01/2015 at 12:27 PM

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

While I was not that pleased with Eddie's performance, the character of Frank is a lynch pin in the production. The actor portraying him has to be good. I have seen Jerre Dye in other productions, and, though I tried to keep an open mind and like his acting, I just have never enjoyed his performances. He overacts and tends to berate the audience with his performance. For lack of a better term, he is what is typically referred to as a ham. While the character of Frank is a bit manic and slightly over the top, there is a fine line he walks between this craziness and a slightly more "normal" persona. Jerre carried the characterization WAY over the top and overacted as usual. He turned 'The Rocky Horror Show' into "The Jerre Dye Show". For this reason I think his performance was the worst.

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Posted by Michael White on 01/31/2015 at 10:30 PM

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

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