Let Me Down Easy Starring Anna Deavere Smith at American Repertory Theatre
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The last date listed for Let Me Down Easy was Saturday October 11, 2008 / 8:00pm.
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Witness all the antics of America's favorite dizzy redhead and her Cuban crooner hubby as beloved '50s sitcom I Love Lucy is transformed into a live musical. Step back in time onto the Desilu soundstage where a charming host will give you a behind-the-scenes look at the latest hi-fi technology that makes this new thing called "television" possible. Then, the show starts, and Lucy, Ricky, Fred and Ethel get up to their side-splitting antics in the familiar cozy surroundings of their New York apartment building and at the famed Tropicana Nightclub, where The Ricky Ricardo Orchestra delights with "Babalu" and other Cuban dance numbers. In between scenes, the Crystaltone Singers will perform live advertising jingles from the show's newest sponsors (Brylcreem, anyone?) in perfect '50s-style harmony. This is your chance to be a member of the studio audience at the taping of two classic I Love Lucy episodes -- "The Benefit" (Lucy agrees to get Ricky to perform in a benefit for her women's club, as long as she is the star of the show) and "Lucy Has Her Eyes Examined" (drops from the eye doctor make Lucy's vision blurry just as she's about to have a jitterbug audition for a movie role). Learn More
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Anna Deveare Smith is a tour de force! Assuming the roles of people she interviewed, she weaves a riveting performance that touches on both the resilience and vulnerability of the human body in the face of war, sickness, and tragedy and it our pursuit of grace.
Quotes & Highlights
- "Anna Deavere Smith is the ultimate impressionist: She does people's souls.” --New York Times
Well known to A.R.T. audiences as the creator of Fires in the Mirror, Anna Deavere Smith is one of the most acclaimed and provocative writers and performers of our time. Her latest one-woman show, Let Me Down Easy, is a journey in search of human qualities that are too seldom in the news: compassion, generosity and grace.
Conceived, written and performed by Anna Deavere Smith
Directed by Eric Ting
Musical elements by Joshua Redman
About the Ticket Supplier: American Repertory Theater
The American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) seeks to expand the boundaries of theatre, exploring the best texts from across cultures and ages. A resident company of professional artists, teachers, technicians, and administrators, the A.R.T. provides a home for outstanding directors, a training ground for young artists, and a vital cultural resource for the community.