Frank Beaton you appear to know that directors are in charge of productions. When you mention flaws without noting whether it is the director or the actor causing them you prevent your reader from gaining an understanding of how artists create art. All your disagreements with the play center originate in stylistic and staging choices. It would have been productive to try and converse with the director about those choices. Once you're familar with Megan Kate Ward's artistic approach, you can intellectually assess her work in a language that helps you, her, and your readers.
" . . . could have been an exercise in tedious experimentalism . . . "--what worthless words. It wasn't. Why could it have been? Because of the play? Or because you expect plays to be bad?
That picture isn't of the Roadhouse: The Play, is it? Or not the one I worked on. I am confused.
@El Stunto--What do you think is being overlooked?
El Stunto calls 'em like El Stunto sees 'em and doesn't give a shit who El Stunto pisses off.
Let's see....Comedy club's aren't theatre, so those didn't need to be there.
Maybe you saw a different night, but the Long Day's Journey i saw was pure magic, and the lady playing opposite Hurt gave one of the single best performances I've seen in Portland in years, bar none. Long, yes, but that's in the title...what dd you expect?
I'm alone in this, but Portland Playhouse is WAY over-hyped...I guess free beer makes people think it's better, but there's a lot of stuff happening in PDX that's as good, better that doesn't get the ink. Kind of like 3rd Rail, yeah, it's good, but people need to expect more than that, else that's all they'll ever get.
Prohibitive, as they may be, I would shell out the money for mandatory drinks at Helium more often if Anthony Lopez was opening there.
Just for the sake of argument, these began as stories that JEan Shepherd told on radio, then wrote in short story form...the film came much later. The point of doing the play is to reimagine the story YET ANOTHER medium, the film holds no sacred place. It's not like they're putting out a staged version of Citizen Kane for Pete's sake. And Rose Reardon is one of the finest directors in town, even when working with schlock, she finds a way to make it interesting and unique.
Turn off your dvd player Noah, it's dumbing you down.
Well, now we know who was right. (See the "One Day at a Time" from Dec 2, 2010.) Everyone give it up for Ned, who hit it on the head!
"...Because you're all hypocrites..." is his license for regurgitating bigotry. Tosh likes to think that his comedy de-constructs political correctness -- it doesn't, he's just a douche. AND is a comedian only a step above the likes of Mencia.
Holy crap this was a great play--I agree almost 100% with this review 'Nuff said.
SOUNDS horrid. "Sounds." And based on your ridiculously defensive comment, you sound like the kind of thin-skinned U2 apologist I'd NEVER want to talk to.
Ned and you know that the Spiderman Broadway adaptation is horrid by whose account??...how the hell would you know anything about it when there hasn't been any preview shows....God...I can't stand you talentless no-nothing bloggers who sit in judgement of people with talent....STFU you hack.
Saw it. I agree with "dark" and "uncomfortable," but not with "funny." What laughs there were don't really stand on their own, but rather the paucity of comedy accentuates them beyond how funny they really are. I understand the fawning over this thing since, ooh, it was done on Broadway. The actors do well with it, and I "get" where the playwright was going with it. It reminds me of "Tim and Eric Awesome Show" or whatever that thing on Adult Swim is/was: I get what they're going for, but it doesn't work.
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Saw the 10/14 evening performance. It was a thoroughly entertaining production (I go to the theater to be entertained...I am looking to find my new inner self - call me a hillbilly). I've seen worse on Broadway and in the West End. Just curious...Ms. Hallett, have you ever attended musical theater outside of the Portland area? Why would you compare Linda Mugleston to Glen Close when you haven't seen her in the the role? Reportedly, Glen Close's vocal performance was considered weak by some. I don't think anyone would suggest that Linda Mugleston has weak voice. If you want to see a company of very gifted performers, go see Sunset Boulevard at PCS. I don't agree with Ms. Hallett...this is not a failed production in any sense. As hami said, it was fantastic! Chris Coleman really knows how to bring big Broadway to the small stage (with a small budget).
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@theaterbuff - thank you for your comment--anonymous negativity vastly outweighs annonymous niceness on the internet, I really do appreciate it.
(in the previous comment, by "It was bad," I was referring to the worry that my bladder was going to explode and i was going to die at PCS from an exploded bladder, like that one guy with the metal nose.)
@bridgeburner: I wasn't terribly happy w/the way this piece turned out, but given that I literally checked my watch every 15 minutes for the duration of the play, I didn't feel comfortable writing the review as though I'd given the show even half my attention. It was bad. I'm hoping to have time to see it again, to give it a more indepth review. And you should see my for REAL journal entries. All pee, all the time.
Oh come on, bridgeburner. I saw this show opening night. She gives any playgoer who might want to buy a ticket an accurate idea of what to expect - which it exactly what a good critic ought to do. The pee thing is funny (also good advice, bye the way). Are you looking for a job as a theatre critic? I hope not.
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