Dust, a Thriller, Starring Richard Masur and Hunter Foster
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In downtown Philadelphia, a down-and-out boxer is struggling to get by when the chance of a lifetime comes along. He doesn't have long to get back in fighting shape, but if he does it, this could be his best shot to become a champion, and his last chance for love. The massively popular movie about the ultimate underdog inspired this innovative new stage production, brought to life by a five-time Tony Award-winning creative team, including director Alex Timbers (Peter and the Starcatcher), songwriting team Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (Ragtime), and book writers Thomas Meehan (The Producers) and Sylvester Stallone, writer and star of the Rocky films. Featuring 20 original songs, plus hits from the films ("Eye of the Tiger" and "Gonna Fly Now"), Rocky is not only an adrenaline-fueled spectacle for anyone who was a fan of the movie, but it's also a surprising tale of romance that will touch the hearts of longtime musical theater fans. Learn More
Reviews & Ratings
Featured review from Rashida Ayers
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The play started out with a promising first act, including convincing acting, a universally relatable theme, and a slowly ratcheting intensity that created a robust, guitar string tension. Alas, the good times ended there. The theme involves two protagonists: one who has lost faith in his ability to create a meaningful existence, and the other coming to terms with the transient nature of youth and vitality. While the theme has great potential, the combination of great, lukewarm, and mediocre actors did not hang well. Protagonist #1, Hunter Foster, performed wonderfully and ended up carrying the entire play; he was convincing, emotionally engaging, and came across as the more serious of the actors. Protagonist #2, Richard Masur, started out great, but started to lag as the play progressed. He was great in act one as the strong willed, monied businessman used to getting his way. I saw in him a dozen such self-important New Yorkers encountered regularly on the streets of the City. I loved it. However, perhaps due to his inability to shine beside Foster or being surrounded by the less than impressive acting of John Shiappa and particularly, Laura Campbell, he simply faltered.
Laura Campbell was very forgettable, and at all times her acting was contrived and superficial. In each act, I got the distinct impression that she was “acting”, and she never came across as a believable personality. She simply sank the show. Curtis McClarin also seemed somewhat restricted, but was fairly believable in both roles as Probation Officer and Drug Pusher. Overall, the play had too many weak performances to make it great. Hunter Foster is a very good actor who needs to surround himself with equally talented stage folk. Richard Masur also has stage presence, but somehow got lost as the play went on. My 10YO daughter, however, loved the play, and appreciated its intended message. The theatre itself was a great, intimate setting and the creativity and resourcefulness involved in creating a variety of settings with limited working space is impressive.
Quotes & Highlights
- "Excellent acting, writing laced with mordant humor, and a shocking denouement." --<em>Associated Press</em>
- "An A-list cast in a high wattage production." --<em>Variety</em>
<p>"Dust begins with a struggle over power and respect. Verbal sparring turns angry, posturing leads to entrenched positions, and out of nothing - out of dust - a grudge match is born. Billy Goda tells his story in short, sharp scenes, each with a clear dramatic idea, and Scott Zigler has directed with a fine feel for pacing. Richard Masur ("Rhoda" and "One Day at a Time") is a warm, likeable actor - and he and the skilled Hunter Foster ("Urinetown") work to make the characters' psychological contours believable." --The New York Times</p>