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The last date listed for The Exorcist was Sunday July 22, 2012 / 7:00pm.
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Acclaimed all-around entertainer Hershey Felder -- who's wowed audiences and critics alike with his one-man theatrical productions based on the lives and music of George Gershwin and Leonard Bernstein -- brings the world premiere of his latest to the Geffen. Lincoln's Piano weaves the music of Stephen Foster, American hymns and more with Felder's own skillful storytelling to shine a new light on the artistry, politics and personalities that collided the fateful night of April 14, 1865 at Ford's Theatre. An actor, concert-level pianist, playwright, composer, producer and director, Felder's other successful stage projects include solo shows on Beethoven, Liszt and Chopin. Learn More
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Featured review from wld8hrt429
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This site makes crazy things out of apostrophes, so try to read through them. What a disappointment. I will start with the first thing you see. The stage and set design looks ominous at first but before long just comes off as lazy. Then there is the story and it's characters. There is never any character development so you never feel anything for anyone and the characters themselves don't even seem to know who they are or who they are supposed to care about. The mother (Brooke Shields) is supposedly not religious yet gets upset to see her daughter playing with a Ouija board. Later she seems more upset that the priest (or, more seemingly, the "Doc" of the old west) doesn't have a magic tonic in his black bag than she does about her daughter being either possessed or mentally ill. In fact you never feel that she cares about her daughter at all but cares more that her household has been upset. She is supposed to be a very rich actress but rather than stay with her daughter and send a staff member she just leaves her home and goes off to the pharmacy! The uncle seems to care for his niece but gets angry at the thought of babysitting her for 15 minutes. The head priest (Richard Chamberlain) seems more like a late night TV horror movie host who is more Vampira than Elvira at first, but by the end, with his widening eyes and raised eyebrows quickly becomes Bela Lugosi in Ed Wood. The younger priest and the housekeeper are the plays only saving grace. Fine performances and some character background provide fleeting interest. The uncle is apparently (spoiler alert) murdered simply for being gay and the young priest (spoiler) takes his life because of guilt and his own selfish reasons rather than for any heroic or caring reason. There is never any threat or sense of danger throughout the 90 minutes and the ending is abrupt and mostly uneventful. There is a cool levitation scene that brings your attention back to the performance in front of you but it's fleeting. Then we are right back to the temper-tantrum-having child who curses, a mother who is more upset with herself over a past parental misstep than about the child in front of her, a selfish priest, and another priest you half expect to raise his arm in front of his face, covering half of it with his robe, and start saying "blah, blah" in a Transylvanian accent. Dull, emotionless and uneven, this production could use a trip back to the drawing board, writing room, and rehearsal workshop more than anyone here needs an exorcism.
Quotes & Highlights
- “So many of us think we know what The Exorcist is but…" Watch a short interview from Geffen Playhouse Artistic Director Randall Arney.
This production contains loud noises, strong language, sexual content and mature themes. It is not recommended for persons under the age of 17.