Rich and Famous: A.C.T. Presents John Guare's Surreal Musical Comedy
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The last date listed for Rich and Famous was Sunday February 8, 2009 / 2:00pm.
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In this modern masterwork -- critically praised as a unique mix of Oscar Wilde and Bertolt Brecht -- the great Irish writer George Bernard Shaw pits a military industrialist against his crusading daughter. She's a Salvation Army major; he's an arms manufacturer and whiskey distiller -- on certain issues, they could not disagree more. But when he begins donating money to her organization, matters come to a head as the characters grapple with questions of business, faith, family and philanthropy. After 16 years, A.C.T. brings Shaw back to the stage with this co-production with Theatre Calgary, one of A.C.T.'s favorite Canadian collaborators, featuring an international cast of Canadian and American actors. Learn More
Reviews & Ratings
Featured review from DramaDiva
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Sorely disappointed in the first half of the show - first time in a while I left the theater mad at the money I'd spent, especially given the
capabilities of the ensemble. Second half was MUCH better, but a number of audience members had left (no intermission in sight.) Way too much effort put into building up to and showing the "flop",
negative one note direction could use some spring to make the outcome and journey more enjoyable. This isn't House of Blue Leaves, the audience was politely trying not to leave. Hope it gets tighter, lighter and better for the run.
Quotes & Highlights
- "A bitingly funny satire by one of our theater's most inventive playwrights." --The New York Times
- "As pure comedy, Rich and Famous is like a funhouse maze." --Newsweek
<p>Playwright Bing Ringling yearns to savor the sweet taste of celebrity, and he's hoping play number 844 will be his lucky break. But on opening night, Bing slips into a nightmarish phantasmagoria that shows him just how wrong things can go. From the ingenious mind of John Guare, who brought Six Degrees of Separation and The House of Blue Leaves to the American stage, Rich and Famous springs to life with twisted humor, rapid-fire dialogue, and outrageous songs scribed by Guare himself.</p> <p>John Rando (A.C.T.'s Urinetown, The Musical and Broadway's The Wedding Singer) directs this newly revised, delicious dark comedy in its first major revival since its 1976 New York debut. Brooks Ashmanskas, who was nominated for a 2007 Tony Award for Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me and has appeared in The Producers and Gypsy, takes on the role of Bing, starring alongside Mary Birdsong (Reno 911! on Comedy Central, Hairspray on Broadway), Stephen DeRosa (Hairspray and Into the Woods on Broadway), and A.C.T. core acting company member Gregory Wallace ('Tis Pity She's a Whore and The Government Inspector).</p>