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Playwright of a new musical JUDY GARLAND - World's Greatest Entertainer. This show is a takeoff of the '70's tv show THIS IS YOUR LIFE. But Judy's guests are Liza, Frank and ...
Aisle Say

Playwright of a new musical JUDY GARLAND - World's Greatest Entertainer. This show is a takeoff of the '70's tv show THIS IS YOUR LIFE. But Judy's guests are Liza, Frank and Dean. The 4 of them sing their signature tunes. Opening in April 2015

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baby grand Mother's Day May 10 matinee and evening performance (Mom loved Judy, Frank & Dean)  800.37.Grand

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By Greer Firestone
April 24, 2013 11:23 a.m.

For an actor and a specific artistic program, having a play written especially for you is pretty heady stuff. Shakespeare, Moliere and Chekhov did it. Enter Theresa Rebeck, who has written for none other than LA Law, Third Watch and Law & Order: Criminal Intent.
After three years of attendance at this exalted temple of sublime theatricals, Ms. Rebeck, like Aisle Say and the legions of proselytes, grew to know the eight core REP Ensemble players. It is quite an honor, for it allows these merry band of players to originate characters based on their own strengths rather than reinterpreting roles that have been done for decades or centuries.
The result is FEVER, ending the season. FEVER gave me heartburn. Daughter Grace G Fire attends UD. There was an article in the UD Review this week on the consequences of Adderall. Fie on consequences, I say! Oh that Rebeck had taken one or two hits to concentrate on just a few issues of her 'gender political' play, rather than attempting to comment on every male/female issue extant today. My head was on a swivel trying to keep up. How did we get from..."world war is something men do" to a lecture on Ebola virus; women being allowed to pack concealed weapons and then on to the surge of rape of defenseless girls in India?
Says Rebeck "I was thinking about how gender politics are still killer in this country, and I thought it would be fun to do a 'Roshomon' type of thing." That fabled story dealt with one issue; alternative versions of the same incident. That's ONE event. This masterpiece neither sought to address, argue (with vitriol) or cure all the ills of the world in 2 hours. A samurai is one of those in 'Roshomon' who gives his take on the proceedings. I would suggest Ms. Rebeck take his sword and slice and dice half the controversies she poses.
FEVER is billed as a comedy. While Michael Kotch and Carine Montbertrand have some zingers in the first scene, many of the other forays into laughter fall flat. There is so much venom tossed back and forth between the men and women in the last half hour that one must roll his/her eyes at any designation close to 'comedy'.
The set by Takeshi Kata was genuinely gorgeous. The acting by this supremely talented ensemble was brilliant, per usual. I will give credit to Rebeck for understanding Steve Tague. He does 'dim-witted' so very very well.
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