Edith Wharton Meets With F. Scott Fitzgerald in Tea With Edie and Fitz
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The last date listed for Tea With Edie and Fitz was Sunday June 9, 2013 / 2:30pm.
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Featured review from Kathleen S.Red Velvet
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Patti Roeder stole the show playing an Edith Wharton, who knows full well she is past "her" moment in time, with a wink to the Jazz era's wild ways when at the end of the play she dashes the Vase to the floor as a symbol that her Belle Epoch is gone as well. Madison Neiderhauser played a very good looking Scott, but his manic behaviors were a bit too nervous and heavy handed and his suave flip side did not have enough strength to balance this personality out. Nora Ulray's Zelda was played in perfect pitch of the love and desperation that pulled the Jazz age woman stuck in a Belle Epoch marital relationship with a man who was considered the prime example of the Jazz age philosopher living the dream-whereas in reality he was living the prime example of a husband repressing or belittling his wife's desires and accomplisments outside of the home. The tragedy was that Zelda endured his power to incarcerate her til the day she died. A well told story, all in all. The sets were wonderful, easily morphing from one epoch to the other and breezily changed delightlfully before our eyes. At the end of the meeting, you realize that in the end Edie and Fitz confirmed the entirety of their suspicions about each other, so there was no reason to ever meet again.
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Actors did a good job, except for the part of Zelda--way over the top. Couldn't empathized with her. She was shrill and screamed a lot--don't know if it was the direction, but I don't think she "got it" about Zelda's illness. Characterization...continued
Quotes & Highlights
“A work of ambition and potential … Deft work by Michael Graham … and Zelda (sparkling Nora Lise Ulrey, making a firecracker-like Chicago debut)…” —Chicago Sun-Times
“Jim Schneider’s direction renders Patti Roeder and Michael D. Graham’s Wharton and James as witty and engaging a couple as ever shared passions all the more enduring for being platonic, while Madison Niederhauser and Nora Lise Ulrey’s Scott and Zelda convey the tragedy lurking beneath the veneer of jazz-age celebrity.” —Windy City Times
“Tea is for Terrific … A lingering sophisticated libation!” —ChicagoTheatreBeat.com
Written by Adam Pasen
Directed by Jim Schneider