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San Jose Repertory Theatre
Across from the Paseo de San Antonio light rail station 101 Paseo de San Antonio San Jose, CA 95113
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5 reviews
2 stars
attended Jan 28 2011

One of the best performances I have ever seen. Overall the play is excellent (well deserving of its Tony nomination). James Carpenter, as The Dresser, gives a superb, unforgettable performance. Peter O'toole could not have done better. In San...continued

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9 reviews
5 stars
attended Jan 28 2011

Interesting and well done. The first act was a little long and limited in scope. Second redeemed the play.

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1 review
9 stars
attended Jan 28 2011

Breathtaking performances, beautiful sets, well staged.

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Quotes & Highlights

“A stirring evening [that] … burns with a love of the theatre that conquers all … Perfectly observed, devilishly entertaining backstage lore.” —The New York Times


The Dresser

by Ronald Harwood

directed by Rick Lombardo

starring James Carpenter and Ken Ruta

It’s 1942 in Britain and the smell of death is in the air. The sirens howl, signaling another air raid, but inside the crumbling walls of a regional theatre in the provinces the aging actor, Sir, prepares to give his 227th performance as King Lear. Norman, Sir’s devoted, fuss-budget dresser, is barely able to take care of himself but faithfully assists Sir in near feudal servitude, massaging his ego, pampering his intellect and even creating sound effects for the Shakespearean production by Sir’s struggling troupe. This touching and poignant tribute to theatre, friendship and the human spirit in the face of great strife – be it war or one’s own debilitating mortality – proves that “the show must go on.”

The Dresser was first presented in Manchester, England, in 1980. It opened on Broadway the next year and was nominated for the 1982 Tony Award for Best Play.